• synonyms

gooney bird

or goon·y bird

[ goo-nee ]
/ ˈgu ni /


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.


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Nearby words

goon, goon bag, goon squad, goonda, gooney, gooney bird, goony, goop, goopy, goorie, goosander

Origin of gooney bird

First recorded in 1940–45; see origin at goon
Also called gooney, goony. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gooney bird

gooney bird

/ (ˈɡuːnɪ) /


an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)

Word Origin for gooney bird

C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon
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