goon

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noun \ ˈgün \

Definition of goon

1 :a stupid person
2 a :a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponents
b :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


go on

verb

Definition of go on

intransitive verb
1 a :to continue on or as if on a journey
  • life goes on
  • went on to greater things
b :to keep on :continue
  • went on smoking
c :proceed
  • went on to win the election
2 :to take place :happen
  • what's going on
3 :to talk especially in an effusive manner
  • the way people go on about their ancestors
  • —Hamilton Basso

Examples of go on in a Sentence

  1. what in the world is going on in there?

  2. my, but Aunt Betty does go on about all of her aches and pains

First Known Use of go on

15th century


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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