Definition of gooney bird in English:

gooney bird

Line breaks: goo¦ney bird
Pronunciation: /ˈɡuːni
(also goony bird)


chiefly US
Another term for an albatross of the North Pacific.
More 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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