Goober is an American word with several meanings. We will examine the definition of the word goober, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Primarily, a goober is a peanut. The term goober as well as the term goober pea is Southern American slang for peanut. The plural forms are goobers and goober peas. A peanut is a legume, not a nut. It was first propogated in South America, then exported to Asia, Europe and Africa. The peanut proved very popular in Africa, and it was African slaves who brought the peanut to the southern United States. The term goober is derived from the Kongo word, nguba. The word goober is also used to mean a foolish person or a silly person. Often, the word goober is used in a fond manner, in the same way someone may be called a goofball. A famous American character is Goober Pyle, a character on the Andy Griffith television show which was first aired in the 1960s and is still available in reruns today. Goober Pyle was a man who was not educated or very intelligent, but was good-natured and helpful.


Regardless of whether you like peanuts, Saturday promises a day full of food, fun and family as the 28th annual Brooklet Peanut Festival gives the goober its day in the spotlight. (The Statesboro Herald)

If you’re a native Floridian or from the American south, like collard greens, fried okra, Moonpies and sweet potato pie, you most likely grew up gobblin’ goober peas. (The Ledger)

Jim Clark, a Greensboro native who now lives in Nashville, is one of four founders and the “Presiding Goober” of The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. (The Winston-Salem Journal)

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