Translations: Etymology: Random House Unabridged Dictionary: shortened from gooney, from obsolete gony of unknown origin, for "simpleton" The meaning of "hired thug" is influenced by the comic strip character w:Alice the Goon
- A thug, a usually muscular henchman with very little intelligence (also known as a 'Hired Goon'). The term goon rose to prominence in this context thanks to frequent usage in Popeye.
- A fool, or someone considered slightly silly or outlandish. This is likely due to the popular radio show, "The Goon Show" starring Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers.
- (ice hockey, pejorative) An enforcer or fighter.
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