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[gaw-ner, gon-er] /ˈgɔ nər, ˈgɒn ər/
noun, Informal.
a person or thing that is dead, lost, or past recovery.
Origin of goner
First recorded in 1840-50; gone + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Poor devil; he was a goner before he started this crazy break of his.

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
  • I thought he was a "goner" that time for sure, but he soon straightened up.

  • Reckon she's a goner, Cunnel; the d—— Yankee orter swing fur it.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore
  • Brick and I thought you were a goner for sure when that tree fell.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • This time I thought I was a goner for life until you pried me loose.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • “Thought I was a goner sure when they plugged my bronc,” said Reeves.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • I'd be a goner anyway when the sun set, but I couldn't explain that to him.

    A Martian Odyssey Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
British Dictionary definitions for goner


(slang) a person or thing beyond help or recovery, esp a person who is dead or about to die
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for goner

"something dead or about to die," 1850, from gone + -er (1). From earlier expressions such as gone goose (1830), gone coon, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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