gooney bird or goon·y bird [goo-nee] Word Origin noun
- any of several albatrosses, especially the black-footed albatross and the Laysan albatross, occurring on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
- Slang. a foolish or awkward person or thing; .
Origin of gooney bird First recorded in 1940–45; see origin atAlso called , . British Dictionary definitions for gooney bird gooney bird noun
- an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)
Word Origin for gooney bird C19 gony (originally sailors’ slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon