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[goom-bah] /ˈgum bɑ/
noun, Slang.
a companion or associate, especially an older person who mentors or advises; a godfather.
a member of a criminal organization. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for goombah

by 1984, from dialectal pronunciation of Italian compare "companion, godfather" (cf. compadre).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for goombah



  1. A friend; companion; trusted associate; patron; pal: They called him Joey Gallo's rabbi or his goombah/ trying to make these old goombars understand/ We want all our gumbahs to come over and get rich
  2. An organized-crime figure; Mafioso: I'm gonna kill any greasy Guinea goombah that tries to stop me/ This big dumb gumba can send you home with your nuts in a paper bag

[fr dialect pronunciation of Italian compare, ''companion, godfather'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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