goombah


goom·bah

noun \ˈgüm-ˌbä\

Definition of GOOMBAH

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

Origin of GOOMBAH

Italian dialect (Campania) cumbà, voc. form of cumbare respected older man, literally, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater — more at compeer
First Known Use: 1968

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