- Informal. a hired hoodlum or thug.
- a stupid, foolish, or awkward person.
- a roughneck.
Origin of goon
Related Words for goonthug, hooligan, lummox, jerk, dope, ninny, moron, nincompoop, sap, hood, bozo, bruiser, gorilla, strong-arm
Examples from the Web for goon
Contemporary Examples of goon
The Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist of A Visit From the Goon Squad explains each pick.Pulitzer Winner Jennifer Egan’s PEN Festival Book Bag
April 23, 2012
[Laughs] I had auditioned for Biff, and everyone they liked as a runner-up became [his goon squad].Billy Zane Opens Up About ‘Titanic,’ ‘Zoolander,’ and the Lost Decade
April 4, 2012
“Badmashi” means a “goon” in the Urdu and Hindi parlance of the subcontinent.Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video
Asra Q. Nomani
January 19, 2012
The acclaimed author of A Visit from the Goon Squad talks about her career and offers some encouragement to young writers.Jennifer Egan's Advice to Writers
The Daily Beast Video
April 1, 2011
Jennifer Egan gets an honorary Dude Lit mention for A Visit from the Goon Squad.Chick Lit vs. Dude Lit
September 1, 2010
Historical Examples of goon
Finally I sent a goon squad after him and dragged him to my office.The Mind Digger
It could, perhaps, send Dalgetty a few men but it had no goon squads.The Sensitive Man
Poul William Anderson
"Well, I guess there'll be nothing doing today," Louis the Goon said.
There was no way of finding what office Louis the Goon had visited.
They were almost at Louis the Goon's roost when Lamb saw how he was going to do it.
- 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
- Australian informal cheap wine packaged in casks or boxed
1921, "stupid person," from gony "simpleton" (1580s), of unknown origin, but applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (1839); sense of "hired thug" first recorded 1938 (in reference to union "beef squads" used to cow strikers in the Pacific northwest), probably from Alice the Goon, slow-witted and muscular (but gentle-natured) character in "Thimble Theater" comic strip (starring Popeye) by E.C. Segar (1894-1938). She also was the inspiration for British comedian Spike Milligan's "The Goon Show." What are now "juvenile delinquents" were in the 1940s sometimes called goonlets.