Informal. a hired hoodlum or thug.
a stupid, foolish, or awkward person.
a roughneck.

1920–25; shortened from dial. gooney, variant of obsolete gony a simpleton (< ?); influenced by the comic-strip character Alice the Goon in the series Thimble Theatre by E. C. Segar (1894–1938), American cartoonist Unabridged
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goon1 (ɡuːn)
1.  a stupid or deliberately foolish person
2.  informal (US) a thug hired to commit acts of violence or intimidation, esp in an industrial dispute
[C20: partly from dialect gooney fool, partly after the character Alice the Goon, created by E. C. Segar (1894--1938), American cartoonist]

informal (Austral) cheap wine packaged in casks or boxed

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Word Origin & History

1921, "stupid person," from gony "simpleton" (c.1580), of unknown origin, but applied by sailors to the albatross and similar big, clumsy birds (1839); sense of "hired thug" first recorded 1938 (in ref. 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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Slang Dictionary

goon definition

  1. n.
    a stupid person; a fool. : Todd is a silly goon, but he's a lot of fun at parties.
  2. n.
    a hooligan; a thug or bodyguard. (Underworld.) : Call off your goons!
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Example sentences
Anybody who is not in on the goon conspiracy knows what he's about.
The local authorities have been influenced and even taken over by federal goon squads.
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