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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (ice hockey, pejorative) An enforcer or fighter.
    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

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