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gooney

[goo-nee] /ˈgu ni/
adjective, goonier, gooniest, noun, plural gooneys, goonies.
1.

goony

or gooney

[goo-nee] /ˈgu ni/
adjective, goonier, gooniest.
1.
Slang. stupid, foolish, or awkward:
a goony smile on his face.
2.
Informal. of or like a goon; thuggish; brutal.
noun, plural goonies.
3.
Slang. goon (def 2a).
Origin of goony
goon + -y1
Related forms
goonily, adverb
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  • Seagulls and goonies had followed in the wake of our ship, and rested themselves each day aloft in the rigging.

    A Woman who went to Alaska May Kellogg Sullivan
  • The "goonies" also are easy to capture, although they are large and strong and a blow from the wing would break a man's limb.

  • We had for breakfast this morning some of the brown albatross or "goonies," as they call them.

Slang definitions & phrases for goonies

gooney

noun

A stupid person; simpleton; fool

[1895+; fr earlier goney, gonus, ''simpleton,'' found by 1580, and of obscure origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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