gon·​er ˈgȯ-nər How to pronounce goner (audio)
 also  ˈgä-nər
: one whose case is hopeless

Examples of goner in a Sentence

This old computer is a goner. We'll have to get a new one.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2000, around 22 years after the last official sighting, scientists deemed Miss Waldron’s red colobus (named for a member of the expedition that discovered it in 1933) a goner. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams both have durability issues and 2024 cap hits exceeding $30 million, each entering the final year of his contract – meaning both could be goners ahead of schedule. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2024 This incoming family knows nothing of that, but already, their housecat, Cider, feels like a goner. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2024 That one complex is a goner. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2021 The famed LuAnn Platter may be a goner. Amanda Drane, ExpressNews.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Written off last month as all but a goner, La Niña — El Niño's cool opposite — now seems to be stirring again in the Pacific, albeit weakly. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2016 The game was a goner. Staff Writer follow, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2023 The sheriff appeared to be a goner. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goner was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Goner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goner. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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gon·​er ˈgȯn-ər How to pronounce goner (audio)
 also  ˈgän-
: one whose case is hopeless
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