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gooney bird

or goon·y bird

[ goo-nee burd ]
/ ˈgu ni ˌbɜrd /
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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.

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Also called goon·ey, goon·y .

Origin of gooney bird

First recorded in 1940–45; see origin at goon
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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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