goon

[ goon ]
/ gun /

noun

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

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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)

goon1
/ (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)

goon2

noun

Australian informal cheap wine packaged in casks or boxed
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