Other Word Forms of Goon
Origin of Goon
The meaning of "hired thug" (circa 1938) is largely influenced by the comic strip character Alice the Goon from the Popeye series.
The "fool" sense was reinforced by the popular radio program, The Goon Show, starring Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.
Probably ultimately short for gooney simpleton
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Diminutive slang for flagon.
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