goner "something dead or about to die," 1850, from GONE (Cf. gone) + -ER (Cf. -er) (1). From earlier expressions such as gone goose (1830), gone coon, etc.

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  • goner — n. sl. a person or thing that is doomed, ended, irrevocably lost, etc.; a dead person. * * * goner [goner goners] [ˈɡɒnə(r)] [ˈɡɔːnər] noun (informal) a person who is going to die soon or who cannot be saved from a dangerous situation …   Useful english dictionary

  • goner — [[t]gɒ̱nə(r), AM gɔ͟ːn [/t]] goners N COUNT If you say that someone is a goner, you mean that they are about to die, or are in such danger that nobody can save them. [INFORMAL] She fell so heavily I thought she was a goner …   English dictionary

  • goner — noun informal be a goner someone who will soon die, or is in an impossible situation: If Mark s still inside the plane, he s a goner …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • goner — [“gone* ] n. someone or something finished or nearly finished. □ This one’s a goner. Toss it. □ The horse was a goner, so it had to be destroyed …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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  • goner —    a person about to die or who has just died    Also spelt phonetically:     I thought she was a goner, I m afraid. You ve never seen anyone so pale. (Fry, 1994)     Better say your prayers. If we crash, you re a gonner. (Manning, 1962) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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