goombah
noun Etymology: Italian dialect (Campania) cumbà, vocative form of cumbare respected older man, literally, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater — more at compeer Date: 1968 1. a close friend or associate — used especially among Italian-American men 2. a member of a secret chiefly Italian-American crime organization ; mafioso; broadly gangster 3. a macho Italian-American man

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  • Goombah — is a US slang term used to describe a stereotypical Italian American. It stems originally from the pronunciation of the word «Cumpa », which is dialect for the Italian word compare .Goombah can also refer to:* Goomba, a fictional creature in the… …   Wikipedia

  • goombah — [go͞om′bä] n. 〚phonetic sp. of dial. pronun. of It compare〛 Slang an older man who is a friend, protector, advisor, etc. * * * goom·bah (go͝omʹbä, go͞omʹ ) n. Slang A companion or associate, especially an older friend who acts as a patron,… …   Universalium

  • goombah — by 1984, from dialectal pronunciation of It. compare companion, godfather (Cf. COMPADRE (Cf. compadre)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • goombah — [go͞om′bä] n. [phonetic sp. of dial. pronun. of It compare] Slang an older man who is a friend, protector, advisor, etc …   English World dictionary

  • goombah — [“gumbo] n. a buddy; a trusted friend. (Also a term of address. Ultimately from Italian.) □ Hey, goombah! How goes it? □ He’s my goombah. I can trust him …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • goombah — Someone who is not intelligent in the ways of daily human activity social outcast or moron. I saw a man today wearing a red sneaker on his right foot and a combat boot on his left foot. He asked me if I had change for a dollar because he needed… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • goombah — Someone who is not intelligent in the ways of daily human activity social outcast or moron. I saw a man today wearing a red sneaker on his right foot and a combat boot on his left foot. He asked me if I had change for a dollar because he needed… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • goombah — noun a) A person of Italian descent. b) A companion, pal, close friend, or associate, used especially among Italian American men. It sometimes has the connotation of an older friend who acts as a patron, protector or adviser …   Wiktionary

  • goombah — n. (Slang) close friend; companion; partner, associate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • goombah — [gu:m bα:] noun N. Amer. informal an associate or accomplice, especially a senior member of a criminal gang. Origin 1960s: prob. a dialect alt. of Ital. compàre godfather, friend, accomplice …   English new terms dictionary

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