Goofballs, noun: plural of goofball.
1. Informal term for someone who is considered foolish, eccentric, or slightly odd in behavior or appearance. Goofballs are characterized by their tendency to engage in silly or nonsensical actions, often creating humor or amusement among others. These individuals may display clownish behaviors or have a natural inclination towards lightheartedness and goofiness. They are known for their ability to make people laugh or lighten the mood with their amusing antics.
2. Slang term for a type of drug, specifically a barbiturate or tranquilizer. Goofballs, in this context, refer to a class of medications that possess sedative properties and are primarily used for treating anxiety, insomnia, or other similar conditions. These drugs induce a calming effect on the central nervous system, producing relaxation and reducing tension. The term may have originated from the drug's ability to make individuals appear clumsy or slow in their movements, similar to someone goofing around.
3. A descriptive phrase used to refer to a playful or mischievous group of people engaged in enjoyable activities. This usage portrays goofballs as a social unit or close-knit bunch of friends who regularly partake in fun and lighthearted endeavors. The term implies a sense of camaraderie, often associated with shared laughter, foolery, and good-natured playfulness among the members of this group.
The word "goofballs" originated from the combination of two separate words, "goof" and "balls".
The term "goof" can be traced back to the early 20th century and initially referred to a simpleton, fool, or someone who acts silly. It likely originated from the English dialect word "goff", meaning "fool". Over time, "goof" evolved to describe someone who behaves in a foolish or clumsy manner.
The word "balls", in this context, is slang for capsules or tablets that contain drugs. It likely originates from the resemblance of these capsules to small spheres or balls. use of capsules or tablets as a drug delivery method led to the association of the term "balls" with drugs.
Combining these two words, "goofballs" came to refer to small capsules or tablets containing drugs that induce a state of silliness or foolishness when ingested.