goon

noun
\ ˈgün How to pronounce goon (audio) \

Definition of goon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a stupid person
2a : a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponents

go on

verb
went on; gone on; going on; goes on

Definition of go on (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to continue on or as if on a journey life goes on went on to greater things
b : to keep on : continue went on smoking
c : proceed went on to win the election
2 : to take place : happen what's going on
3 : to talk especially in an effusive manner the way people go on about their ancestors— Hamilton Basso

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Synonyms & Antonyms for goon

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of goon in a Sentence

Noun He was beat up by a couple of goons. an unfortunate tendency to call those who disagree with him “brainless goons Verb what in the world is going on in there? my, but Aunt Betty does go on about all of her aches and pains
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Enraged and with no more bodyguard goons to absorb the punches for him, Dry Eye pounces, and an altercation with Rosalind ends with her being slammed on the desk. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The Gentlemen," 27 Jan. 2020 In the movie, Hoffa’s Teamsters are caught in hopeless picket line battles with mob goons who the anti-union employers have hired. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 In a trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, our hero is under attack from some goons with guns. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Much Superpower Does It Take to Bash a Bullet in Midair?," 17 Jan. 2020 Armed goons, allegedly affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a student arm of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, attacked students with the complicity of the police. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "JNU violence has shaken up Quartz Pros from the business and academic world," 7 Jan. 2020 In the movie, Hoffa’s Teamsters are caught in hopeless picket line battles with mob goons who the anti-union employers have hired. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 More Stories Scafaria’s ingenious script first lays out the basics of the world, as Destiny tries to establish herself at a strip club dominated by Ramona and flooded with dollar-bill-waving finance goons. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Lopez Is Utterly Mesmerizing in Hustlers," 11 Sep. 2019 In the movie, Hoffa’s Teamsters are caught in hopeless picket line battles with mob goons who the anti-union employers have hired. David Scott Witwer, Quartz, "Decades after his disappearance, unions still suffer from Jimmy Hoffa’s legacy," 5 Dec. 2019 In the movie, Hoffa’s Teamsters are caught in hopeless picket line battles with mob goons who the anti-union employers have hired. David Scott Witwer, The Conversation, "Jimmy Hoffa disappeared – and then his legacy took on a life of its own," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of goon

Noun

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for goon

Noun

probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton

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The first known use of goon was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Goon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20on. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for goon

goon

noun
How to pronounce go on (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of goon

informal
chiefly US : a person who is hired to threaten, beat up, or kill someone
chiefly British : a stupid person

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