goo·​ney ˈgü-nē How to pronounce gooney (audio)
variants or goony
plural gooneys or goonies

Word History


probably from English dialect gooney simpleton

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gooney was in 1895

Dictionary Entries Near gooney

Cite this Entry

“Gooney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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