- a stupid, foolish, or awkward person.
- a roughneck.
- goolagong cawley,
- goon bag,
- goon squad,
- gooney bird
Origin of goon
Examples from the Web for 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|Jennifer Egan|April 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
[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|Marlow Stern|April 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
The acclaimed author of A Visit from the Goon Squad talks about her career and offers some encouragement to young writers.
Jennifer Egan gets an honorary Dude Lit mention for A Visit from the Goon Squad.
And there was Louis the Goon—his little clay pigeon—in one of the booths with a doll.
He knew from his years of intense, discreet research that the goon squads rarely made their attacks in the public eye.The Deadly Daughters|Winston K. Marks
He's a wee-bit, finger-fed mannie, ower sma' maist to wear a goon!Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
When I saw you in Liverpool you had your big wig on, and your judge's goon, that's what put me off there, I expect.The Day of Judgment|Joseph Hocking
The goon back-pedals across the room and into a cardboard wall next to the door marked 'ladies'."And That's How It Was, Officer"|Ralph Sholto
Word Origin for goon
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.