- a stupid, foolish, or awkward person.
- a roughneck.
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
British Dictionary definitions for goon (1 of 2)
Word Origin for goon
British Dictionary definitions for goon (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.