goon
noun Etymology: probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton Date: 1921 1. a stupid person 2. a. a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponents b. enforcer 2b

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  • goon — goon; goon·da; goon·die; goon·gar·rite; jar·goon; la·goon·al; la·goon·side; dra·goon; la·goon; ran·goon; …   English syllables

  • goon — 1921, stupid person, from gony simpleton (1580s), of unknown origin, but applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (1839); sense of hired thug first recorded 1938 (in ref. to union beef squads used to cow strikers in the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • goon — [gu:n] n informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Partly from gooney stupid person (16 19 centuries); partly from Alice the Goon, character invented by the U.S. cartoonist E. C. Segar] 1.) especially BrE a silly or stupid person 2.) especially AmE a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • goon — ► NOUN informal 1) a foolish or eccentric person. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a ruffian or thug. ORIGIN perhaps from dialect gooney «stupid person»; later influenced by the American cartoon character Alice the Goon …   English terms dictionary

  • goon — ☆ goon [go͞on ] n. Slang 1. [< ?] a ruffian or thug, esp. one hired to help break a strike, etc. 2. [after Alice the Goon, grotesque comic strip figure created by E. C. Segar (1894 1938), U.S. cartoonist] a person who is awkward, grotesque,… …   English World dictionary

  • goon — [ gun ] noun count INFORMAL 1. ) a strong or violent man whose job is to protect his employer: We were surrounded by security goons. 2. ) a stupid person who is always breaking things …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • goon — [n] ruffian bozo*, bruiser*, dope, gorilla*, hood*, hooligan*, jerk, lummox, moron, nincompoop, ninny, sap, strong arm, thug, tough guy*; concepts 412,423 …   New thesaurus

  • goon — 1. (goon) (3727↑, 2203↓) a real man or nigga originated in flordia told her i was a goon and she went for it plies(shawty) Author: Krinisha http://goon.urbanup.com/2556443 2. (Goon) (1859↑, 1234↓) Someone hired to rough someone up, usually… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Goon — A goon is is a term for a hired thug. That is usually sent out to do the dirty work for the people who hire them. It is also used as a word meaning fool. A goon can also be a member of a gang like the Goon Squad.Goon may also refer to: *… …   Wikipedia

  • goon — [20] The antecedents of goon are murky. It may have been inspired by goony ‘simpleton’, which is first recorded in the 1890s and which may well be the same word as the much earlier gony with the same meaning, which in turn goes right back to the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • goon — [20] The antecedents of goon are murky. It may have been inspired by goony ‘simpleton’, which is first recorded in the 1890s and which may well be the same word as the much earlier gony with the same meaning, which in turn goes right back to the… …   Word origins

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