[gaw-ner, gon-er] /ˈgɔ nər, ˈgɒn ər/

noun, Informal.
a person or thing that is dead, lost, or past recovery.
(slang) a person or thing beyond help or recovery, esp a person who is dead or about to die

“something dead or about to die,” 1850, from gone + -er (1). From earlier expressions such as gone goose (1830), gone coon, etc.


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