Gaffe vs. Goof

Gaffe vs. Goof — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Gaffe and Goof

Gaffenoun

A clumsy social error; a faux pas

"The excursion had in his eyes been a monstrous gaffe, a breach of sensibility and good taste" (Mary McCarthy).

Goofnoun

A playful, silly, or outlandish person.

Gaffenoun

A blatant mistake or misjudgment.

Goofnoun

An incompetent, foolish, or stupid person.

Gaffenoun

A foolish and embarrassing error, especially one made in public.

Goofnoun

A careless mistake; a slip.

Gaffenoun

a socially awkward or tactless act

Goofverb

To make a silly mistake; blunder

goofed up by turning right instead of left.

Goofverb

To waste or kill time

goofed around at the mall.

Goofverb

To tease or make fun of someone

goofed on her younger brother.

Goofverb

To spoil, as through clumsiness; bungle. Usually used with up

goof up a job.

Goofnoun

A mistake or error.

I made a goof in that last calculation.

Goofnoun

An error made during production which finds its way into the final release.

Goofnoun

A foolish and/or silly person; a goofball.

Your little brother is a total goof.

Goofnoun

A child molester.

Goofverb

(US) To make a mistake.

It's my fault. I goofed.

Goofverb

(US) To engage in mischief.

We were just goofing by painting the neighbor's cat green.

Goofnoun

a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

Goofverb

commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake;

I blundered during the job interview