goon

[ goon ]
/ gun /

noun

Informal. a hired hoodlum or thug.
Slang.
  1. a stupid, foolish, or awkward person.
  2. a roughneck.

Origin of goon

1920–25; shortened from dial. gooney, variant of obsolete gony a simpleton (< ?); influenced by the comic-strip character Alice the Goon in the series Thimble Theatre by E. C. Segar (1894–1938), American cartoonist
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British Dictionary definitions for goon (1 of 2)

goon

1
/ (ɡuːn) /

noun

a stupid or deliberately foolish person
US informal a thug hired to commit acts of violence or intimidation, esp in an industrial dispute

Word Origin for goon

C20: partly from dialect gooney fool, partly after the character Alice the Goon, created by E. C. Segar (1894–1938), American cartoonist

British Dictionary definitions for goon (2 of 2)

goon

2

noun

Australian informal cheap wine packaged in casks or boxed
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