gooney bird

or goon·y bird

[ goo-nee ]
/ ˈgu ni /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. goon,
  2. goon bag,
  3. goon squad,
  4. goonda,
  5. gooney,
  6. goony,
  7. goop,
  8. goopy,
  9. goorie,
  10. goosander

Origin of gooney bird

First recorded in 1940–45; see origin at goon

Also called gooney, goony.

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British Dictionary definitions for gooney bird

gooney bird

/ (ˈɡuːnɪ) /

noun

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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