2 an aggressive and violent young criminal [syn: hood, hoodlum, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer]
EtymologyShortened 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).
- Rhymes: -uːn
- Finnish: korsto
A goon is a stupid person or a hired thug.
Goon may also refer to:
- The Goon, a comic book series created by Eric Powell
- Barney Irwin, a professional wrestler briefly known as "The Goon"
- Alice the Goon, a character in the Popeye comic strip
- PC Goon, a character in Enid Blyton's "The Five Find-Outers" series of children's books
- A performer in The Goon Show
- Goon (album), a 1996 release by Global Goon
A goon may also be:
Mafioso, Young Turk, adherent, battler, beast, beldam, belligerent, belted knight, berserk, berserker, bickerer, blade, bomber, bravo, brawler, bruiser, brute, bully, bullyboy, combatant, competitor, contender, contestant, creature, demon, devil, disciple, disputant, dragon, duelist, dummy, enforcer, fencer, feuder, fiend, fighter, fighting cock, figurehead, fire-eater, firebrand, flunky, flying squadron, foilsman, follower, fury, gamecock, gillie, gladiator, goon squad, gorilla, gun, gunsel, hanger-on, hardnose, hatchet man, hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, henchman, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, hothead, hotspur, incendiary, jackal, jouster, killer, knight, lackey, mad dog, madcap, man, militant, minion, monster, mug, mugger, muscle man, myrmidon, picket, plug-ugly, puppet, quarreler, rapist, revolutionary, rioter, rival, rodman, rough, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, sabreur, satellite, savage, scrapper, scuffler, she-wolf, spitfire, squabbler, stooge, strong arm, strong-arm man, strong-armer, struggler, swashbuckler, sword, swordplayer, swordsman, sycophant, termagant, terror, terrorist, thug, tiger, tigress, tilter, torpedo, tough, tough guy, trigger man, tussler, ugly customer, violent, virago, vixen, votary, wild beast, witch, wolf, wrangler