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Via Gullah from Kongo nguba (peanut).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡuːbə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡubəɹ/, /ˈɡuːbɚ/
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  • Rhymes: -uːbə(r)


goober (plural goobers)

  1. (chiefly Southern US) Synonym of peanut.
    • 1833 November 7, Louisville Public Advertiser:
      A few bags Gouber Pea, or Ground Pea
    • 1834 May 24, Cherokee Phoenix, p. 3:
      But he so seam I frade of he, I guess he steal my goober.
  2. (chiefly Southern US, dated slang) Synonym of Georgian or North Carolinian, particularly those from the pine forests of the Sandhills region.
  3. (chiefly US, childish slang) A foolish, simple, or amusingly silly person.
    • 2012 August 5, Nathan Rabin, "The Simpsons (Classic): 'I Love Lisa'", A.V. Club:
      For Ralph, any encouragement is too much. When Lisa gives Ralph a valentine bearing that locomotive pun that so affected The Simpsons’ showrunner, Ralph misinterprets the gesture as a genuine display of romantic interest rather than a gesture of pity from a thoughtful young geek to a friendless goober.


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goober (third-person singular simple present goobers, present participle goobering, simple past and past participle goobered)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To drool or dribble.
  2. (slang, transitive) To drip or slather; to apply a gooey substance to a surface.