Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang One that is ruined or doomed.

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  • n. Someone (or something) doomed; a hopeless case.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which is lost, ruined, or past recovery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person in desperate straits; someone doomed

Etymologies

From gone.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Your mother is a "goner" - he has the nomination locked up already.

    AP/Ipsos: Hillary Takes Seven-Point National Lead Over Obama, Both Beat McCain

  • He’d been a goner from the day Rose had asked him to hold her.

    Post Pomp (11/22)

  • Why are you guys talking about Hillary as a 'goner' you will be surprised when she gets the nomination and not even offer Obama the VP position, we will see who is going to laugh last.

    Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discussing exit strategies

  • Fred Barnes argues in The New Republic this week that absent some cataclysmic event, Bill Clinton is a "goner" against George Bush.

    Why George Bush Will Get Zapped

  • Why argue, as some have done for the past three years, whether "goner" has the true Dublin ring if we have no idea whether the change is in ink, in pencil, in blue pencil or red?

    The Scandal of 'Ulysses'

  • The "goner" was trying to say something, and Jimmie leaned his ear down to him.

    Jimmie Higgins

  • The "goner" prediction was the first version of the article and the news of Human Target's renewal was tacked on a little later (and after my original post).

    EW.com: Today's Latest Headlines

  • Delaware looks to be a "goner" already with Mike Castle the likely winner (frankly, Beau Biden NOT running this year is probably very smart politically, since I will bet that Castle, once elected, will not seek re-election in 2014, when he will be 74).

    The Volokh Conspiracy

  • "I thought it was well and truly a 'goner' and that I'd have to go without, but thanks to some really detailed and helpful instructions from Neil our astute electrician, combined with an afternoon's hard work, I'm very happy to report that I had a win!"

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  • Howard adds to an already solid cast, but that doesn't necessarily ... to debunk German stereotypes on BBC4 Greg Dyke says Five is a 'goner' Cast Offs ends on

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