Goon meaning

go͝on
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A thug hired to intimidate or harm opponents.
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A stupid or oafish person.
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A person who is awkward, grotesque, stupid, etc.
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A ruffian or thug, esp. one hired to help break a strike, etc.
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A thug; a usually muscular henchman with little intelligence (also known as a 'hired goon').
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A fool; someone considered silly, stupid, awkward, or outlandish.
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(ice hockey, pejorative) An enforcer or fighter.
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(Australia, countable, informal) A wine flagon or cask.
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(Australia, uncountable, informal) Cheap or inferior cask wine.
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Origin of goon

  • Probably ultimately short for gooney simpleton

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The meaning of "hired thug" (circa 1938) is largely influenced by the comic strip character Alice the Goon from the Popeye series.

    From Wiktionary

  • The "fool" sense was reinforced by the popular radio program, The Goon Show, starring Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.

    From Wiktionary

  • Diminutive slang for flagon.

    From Wiktionary