Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stupid person; a goose.
  • n. The black-footed albatross, Diomedea nigripes.
  • n. The young of the short-tailed albatross, Dutch brachyura.
  • n. Probably, some other very large dark pelagic bird, as the giant fulmar, Ossifraga gigantea: a name in use among sailors in the northern Pacific.
  • n. A terminal element in some compounds of Greek origin, meaning ‘generation,’ ‘production,’ as in cosmogony, theogony, etc.
  • n. The name seems to have been applied originally to southern albatrosses of medium size, with white bodies and black wings, such as Diomedea chlororhyncha. It was thus used by ‘deep-water’ sailors about 1860, and its application to the black-footed albatross, D. nigripes, of the North Pacific is of later date.

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Examples

  • The first use of "gony" in print in English with the meaning of "simpleton" is from 1580 probably derived from the Scandinavian "gonyel" for "a stupid fellow"--which, of course, would also make it etymologically related to the Yiddish and German words.

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  • Higher up now we mark the gony, or gray albatross, anomalously so called, an unsightly unpoetic bird, unlike its storied kinsman, which is the snow-white ghost of the haunted Capes of Hope and Horn.

    The Piazza Tales

  • "Ye-ye-ye mean tae tell me he's gony staun up in public an shout an 'shoogle his boady aboot like that?" he cried.

    icAyrshire

  • He warned that if action on Alexandra was not be taken by the gony Alexandras "to follow.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • TOkony mandeha mitazona angadin ` omby kely aloha ireo mpitondra fanjakana sy mpanohitra ireo mba ahatsapana hoe mafy ny miasa mamelotena sy mitady ny ho anina isan ` andro, ario ny akanjo mianjaika be ireny dia mba miloloava vary amin ` ny gony hatero ho an ` ny traboina. "

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  • "Higher up now we mark the gony, or gray albatross, anomalously so called, an unsightly unpoetic bird, unlike its storied kinsman, which is the snow-white ghost of the haunted Capes of Hope and Horn."

    - Melville, The Encantadas, Sketch Third

    September 20, 2011