Definition of goon
1 : a stupid person
2a : a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponentsb : enforcer 2b
Examples of goon in a Sentence
He was beat up by a couple of goons.
an unfortunate tendency to call those who disagree with him “brainless goons”
Recent Examples of goon from the Web
Joe calls The @Potus a Schmuck, goon, & thug just to please D.C. NYC elites & Mika Liberal Joe is desperate for attention now. Lashing out @Potus me, singing bad songs on Colbert.
Since then, the Communist Party’s censors and goons have stifled debate.
The ideas the goons rioted to suppress had to slink away unheard.
But as a mild-mannered getaway guy in Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx’s goon squad in Baby Driver (out now), Elgort’s left those cocky manboys in the dust.
There were four-foot-tall flames licking at the windows by the time the goons fled.
Letts also diminishes some of his play’s naturalness by inserting a subplot that requires two stock B-movie goons to appear on the scene.
But reverberations from the altercation were felt as far as Capitol Hill, where Republican lawmakers scrambled to deal with the unflattering portrayal of their candidate behaving like a hockey goon.
After some particularly disgusting remarks toward Nikki, the Russian goon talks about Siberia’s bloody dirt.
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Origin and Etymology of goon
probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton
First Known Use: 1921See Words from the same year
GOON Defined for English Language Learners
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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