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 Rick Porcello, Mitch Moreland, and Brock Holt appear to be goners. BostonGlobe.com, "You say Tomato . . . I say Bridge Year.," 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, "Joe Maddon has no regrets as he enters what could be the final homestand as Cubs manager: ‘I can’t lament anything’," 13 Sep. 2019 With Madrigal moving in as the starting second baseman, Sanchez is likely a goner, despite the fact the Sox love him. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "6 White Sox takeaways from the general managers meetings, including the need to win and Yolmer Sanchez’s status," 16 Nov. 2019 The winner advances down a path to a potential title, and the loser is a goner. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Georgia’s Smash-Mouth Win Over Notre Dame Had the Look and Feel of a Playoff Game," 22 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of goner

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Goner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goner. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of goner

: someone or something with no chance of surviving or succeeding

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