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 most recent goner, who gives the book its title, was an investigative journalist. Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 Lucas and Eleven try to revive Max, who appears to be a goner. Jillian Sederholm, EW.com, 2 July 2022 If Democrats gain two Senate seats and hold the House, the filibuster could be a goner. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 July 2022 One look at Domino, and Andrew is pretty much a goner. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 Is Nancy a goner? Vol. 1 ends with Nancy in a precarious position, having fallen under Vecna's curse before making it through the Upside Down gateway. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 1 June 2022 Speculation continued for months that Murray, whose brother Bryan led the Wings before Bowman, was a goner at the season’s conclusion. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2022 But altogether, Paxton has become an example of how powerful allies and acts of God can drag out career-threatening criminal charges, and allow a politician to rise above being written off as a political goner. Paul J. Weber And Jake Bleiberg, Chron, 23 May 2022 Davis, though, was far more unpopular than Newsom and was surely a goner no matter what Bustamante did or didn't do. David Faris, The Week, 9 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of goner

1850, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2022

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“Goner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goner. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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