\ ˈgün How to pronounce goon (audio) \

Definition of goon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

go on

went on; gone on; going on; goes on

Definition of go on (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for goon

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of goon in a Sentence

Noun He was beat up by a couple of goons. an unfortunate tendency to call those who disagree with him “brainless goons Verb what in the world is going on in there? my, but Aunt Betty does go on about all of her aches and pains
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Forgo the fitness-goon look and slip on these stylish, high-performing shades ($130), with impact-resistant synthetic frames and shatterproof lenses good enough for the brightest days. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Chicago finds himself in the middle of a gang war involving a briefcase, a goon with a gunshot wound and a mysterious network of underworld bigwigs. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022 There went the grouper, the goon of the reef, who keeps the population under control. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 The new clip focuses solely on Susie, as her goon BFFs show her around her new office. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2021 Jackie allows Monica to call her mom, who has been paging, but tasks a goon with hovering his finger over the switch hook. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2021 Kevin Owens was cut off by a returning Riddick Moss, who will serve as Happy Corbin’s newest goon. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Davis had his own goon squad called State Police going after enemies. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 The sniper in question, Esquivel, also gets to put his ethically dubious trade to good use by plugging Alastor’s chief security goon/hitman so Clarke and Tripathi can successfully rescue the hostages during their (warrantless) raid. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 24 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of goon


1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for goon


probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton

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18 May 2022

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“Goon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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