or goon·y bird
- any of several albatrosses, especially the black-footed albatross and the Laysan albatross, occurring on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
- Slang. a foolish or awkward person or thing; goon.
Origin of gooney bird
First recorded in 1940–45; see origin at goon
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- an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)
C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon