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gooney bird

[goo-nee] /ˈgu ni/
noun
1.
any of several albatrosses, especially the black-footed albatross and the Laysan albatross, occurring on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
2.
Slang. a foolish or awkward person or thing; goon.
Also, goony bird.
Also called gooney, goony.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; see goon
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British Dictionary definitions for goony-bird

gooney bird

/ˈɡuːnɪ/
noun
1.
an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)
Word Origin
C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon
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Slang definitions & phrases for goony-bird

gooney bird

noun phrase

The DC-3 airplane: Pilots everywhere refer to it with great affection as the ''Gooney Bird'' after the albatross

[WWII aviators; fr the slow but sure flight of the gooney bird, ''black-footed albatross,'' the bird so called by seamen because of its foolish look and awkward behavior when on the ground]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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