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gooney bird Syllabification: goon·ey bird
Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͞onē ˌbərd/
(also goony bird)

Definition of gooney bird in English:


chiefly US
Another term for an albatross of the North Pacific.
  • Genus Diomedea, family Diomedeidae: the Laysan albatross (D. immutabilis) and the black-footed albatross (D. nigripes)
Example sentences
  • The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is the nesting ground for some two million seabirds spanning 15 species, including the Laysan albatrosses (better known as ‘gooney birds’).
  • Nicknamed ‘gooney birds’ by GIs for their awkward gait, albatross mate for life.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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