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