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

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

As soon as Kyrie Irving signed the Nets, Russell was a goner. oregonlive.com, "NBA free agency 2019: Damian Lillard, Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant, New York Knicks among winners and losers after Day 1," 1 July 2019 How does warriors plan on being at least a contender next year when KD is almost a goner and lakers are on their way to get 3rd max player and other max free agents planning on moving to clippers , Celtics or east. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: What’s the latest on Kevin Durant’s future?," 28 June 2019 Pour one out, too, for veteran Cameron Maybin, who was picked up in late April as the Yankees were being cut down by injuries and hit .274/.361/.368 as a part-timer but is a definite goner now. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "What Does Edwin Encarnacion Trade Mean for the Yankees and the AL Playoff Race?," 15 June 2019 Republican Keith Rothfus is fighting another incumbent, Democrat Conor Lamb, and looks like a goner in the western 17th district. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Debt to Pennsylvania’s Judges," 6 Nov. 2018 Not only is the Black bishop cut off from f7, b2 is a goner and then White's rook has access to an open file with which to torment Black further. Chris Chase, BostonGlobe.com, "Chess notes," 13 May 2018 Check out the complete list Which shows are keepers and which are goners will be revealed in the next two weeks, when networks set their new lineups ahead of splashy presentations to advertisers in New York. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Save Our Shows 2018: Fans pick 'Timeless' (again) as TV's most-wanted endangered series," 2 May 2018 After 108 years, the historic East Olive Avenue Bridge is a goner. Nicholas Deshais, The Seattle Times, "Historic bridge over Spokane River soon to be removed," 2 Apr. 2018 Post journalists are standing by the report, and many other outlets say McMaster is a goner. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "A Guide to Which Trump Staffer Is Getting Fired Next," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of goner

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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something desired as essential

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