Goob is a soft and mildly endearing way of calling someone a dork or a nerd.
It refers to a person that is dumb and clumsy, but maintains enough of a character to be lovable for it.
Calling someone a “goob” is more of a compliment than an insult, though calling a stranger a “total goob” could still result in a fist arriving in your face at a high velocity.
Like all insults, “goob” is a mockery, your friends will allow you to make, for the purpose of teasing.
Origin of the term
“Goob” is a term, that had been used in the 1800’s though at that time it referred to a peanut.
There is a link between being called dumb and being called a peanut head, that would later lead to the current application of the word.
Though it then existed as “goober” up until the 1980’s, when people became more eager to abbreviate it to its current length.
Spread of the term
“Goob” retains several interpretations, ranging from a kiss, to a penis, to an immature person to a complete moron.
It is a versatile term, as it is more of an onomatopoetic word, conveying more meaning through its sound that through its concrete reference, which results in the varying definitions, found on Urban Dictionary since 2004.
Since May 8th, 2020 “goob” had gotten an increased amount of attention, as rapper 6IX9INE dropped his massive hit; Gooba.
- Urban Dictionary – Goob