AskDefine | Define goon

Dictionary Definition



1 an awkward stupid person [syn: lout, clod, stumblebum, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawk]
2 an aggressive and violent young criminal [syn: hood, hoodlum, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer]

User Contributed Dictionary



Shortened from gooney, from obsolete gony ("simpleton", c.1580), of unknown origin. Gony was applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (c.1839). Goon first carried the meaning "stupid person" (c.1921).



  1. A thug; a usually muscular henchman with little intelligence (also known as a 'hired goon').
  2. A fool; someone considered silly, stupid, awkward, or outlandish.
  3. ice hockey pejorative An enforcer or fighter.

Derived terms


A thug
A fool



goon (ごおん)
Romanization of:
  1. 呉音: one category of on'yomi (音読み, おんよみ), the Japanese approximation of the original Chinese pronunciation of a kanji character.

Extensive Definition

A goon is a stupid person or a hired thug.
Goon may also refer to:
A goon may also be:

See also

  • Go-on, a possible way of reading certain Japanese Kanji
  • Gune, a gnome-like character from the film Titan A.E.

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