goombah

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. gook,
  2. goolagong,
  3. goolagong cawley,
  4. goole,
  5. goolie,
  6. goombay,
  7. goon,
  8. goon bag,
  9. goon squad,
  10. goonda

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Word Origin and History for goombah

goombah

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper