goon

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noun \ˈgün\

Definition of goon

  1. 1 :  a stupid person

  2. 2a :  a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponentsb :  enforcer 2b

Examples of goon in a Sentence

  1. He was beat up by a couple of goons.

  2. an unfortunate tendency to call those who disagree with him brainless goons

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Origin and Etymology of goon

probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton


First Known Use: 1921


GOON Defined for English Language Learners

goon

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noun

Definition of goon for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is hired to threaten, beat up, or kill someone

  • : a stupid person



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