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.

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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 Remodeling means The Welly is a goner, but the basement will survive, live music and all. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Broad Ripple's Corner Wine Bar, The Wellington pub to close," 6 Mar. 2018 This tongue-in-cheek idea (mine) is a obviously a goner, since our laws frown on corporal punishment. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "Fine councilmembers for dirty districts? Philly should steal this idea and others to stop litter | Ronnie Polaneczky," 2 Mar. 2018 McCutchen may have been a goner next winter, but Cole, Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon, and top prospect Adam Frazier are as enviable a core as any with which to build a contender both in the present and the future. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Pirates Continue Their Teardown by Trading Andrew McCutchen to the Giants," 15 Jan. 2018

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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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