goombah

noun
goom·​bah | \ ˈgüm-ˌbä How to pronounce goombah (audio) \
plural goombahs

Definition of goombah

1 informal : a close friend or associate used especially among Italian-American men
2 informal + disparaging : a member of a secret chiefly Italian-American crime organization : mafioso broadly : gangster
3 informal, often disparaging + offensive : an Italian American

Examples of goombah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her goombah was Rocky Graziano, who was a major middleweight champion. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of goombah

1952, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for goombah

Italian dialect (Campania) cumbà, vocative form of cumbare respected older man, literally, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater — more at compeer

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“Goombah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goombah. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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