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goon

[ goon ]SEE DEFINITION OF goon

Synonyms for goon

  • hooligan
  • thug
  • bozo
  • bruiser
  • dope
  • gorilla
  • hood
  • jerk
  • lummox
  • moron
  • nincompoop
  • ninny
  • sap
  • strong-arm
  • tough guy
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Antonyms for goon

  • brain
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOON

Finally I sent a goon squad after him and dragged him to my office.

It could, perhaps, send Dalgetty a few men but it had no goon squads.

At 42nd Street, Louis the Goon got off and trundled over to the shuttle.

There was no way of finding what office Louis the Goon had visited.

They were almost at Louis the Goon's roost when Lamb saw how he was going to do it.

He could play the fly-on-the-wall in Louis the Goon's life as long as he wanted.

"Well, I guess there'll be nothing doing today," Louis the Goon said.

Louis the Goon, as he had already christened him in his mind.

The killing of Louis the Goon was the only thing that counted.

Lamb didn't figure it to take long in the case of Louis the Goon.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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