Definition of gooney bird in English:

gooney bird

(also goony bird)

noun

US
  • Another term for an albatross of the North Pacific.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

gooney bird

/ˈɡo͞onē ˌbərd/