gon·​er | \ ˈgȯ-nər How to pronounce goner (audio) also ˈgä-nər \

Definition of goner

: 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 The buckwheat clearly needs help, but it can hardly be written off as a goner. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 June 2021 Mookie Betts and David Price were traded to Los Angeles in the 2020 salary-dump deal, and Jackie Bradley Jr. looks like a goner in free agency this year. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Feb. 2021 Coach Matt Patricia is a 100 percent goner when the season ends if not sooner. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2020 The sixth installment of the beloved action franchise, one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, seemed like a goner after the Disney-Fox merger hit pause on the project announced in 2018. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2020 And now the conclusion many are being forced to accept is that 2020 may already be a goner. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 21 May 2020 Another dealer in Everett, Washington, is selling the Regal Sportback—also a goner—for almost 13 grand off the sticker. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 28 Mar. 2020 Rick Porcello, Mitch Moreland, and Brock Holt appear to be goners. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Sep. 2019 The end-of-the-season narrative surrounding the Cubs — that Maddon is a goner and the core players will be broken up — is one team President Theo Epstein tried to shoot down Friday. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of goner

1850, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2021

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“Goner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goner. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goner

informal : someone or something that is going to die or that can no longer be used


gon·​er | \ ˈgȯ-nər How to pronounce goner (audio) \

Kids Definition of goner

: someone or something with no chance of surviving or succeeding


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