Definition of gooney bird in English:

gooney bird

(also goony bird)

noun

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)

    • ‘Nicknamed ‘gooney birds’ by GIs for their awkward gait, albatross mate for life.’
    • ‘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’).’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

gooney bird

/ˈɡuːni/