goombah definition by Webster's New World
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Slang an older man who is a friend, protector, advisor, etc.
Origin: phonetic spelling, spelled of dialect, dialectal pronunciation of Italian compare
goombah definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A companion or associate, especially an older friend who acts as a patron, protector, or adviser.
Origin: Probably alteration of Italian compare, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater; see compadre.