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[gaw-ner, gon-er]
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noun Informal.
  1. a person or thing that is dead, lost, or past recovery.
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Origin of goner

First recorded in 1840–50; gone + -er1
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Related Words for goner

forlorn, vain, futile, despondent, sad, tragic, useless, desperate, impossible, helpless, pointless, downcast, goner, bad, cureless, cynical, dejected, demoralized, despairing, disconsolate

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Historical Examples of goner

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for goner


  1. slang a person or thing beyond help or recovery, esp a person who is dead or about to die
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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.

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