Definition of goon noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    goon

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɡuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡuːn//
     
    (informal)
     
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  1. 1(especially North American English) a criminal who is paid to frighten or injure people Just call off your goons and no one will get hurt. The goons at the next table were just itching to finish him off.
  2. 2(old-fashioned, especially British English) a stupid or silly person
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: perhaps from dialect gooney ‘booby’; influenced by the subhuman cartoon character ‘Alice the Goon’, created by E. C. Segar (1894–1938), American cartoonist.
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