"coon" Definition

  1. abbreviation of racoon.—_American._ A GONE COON—_ditto_, one in an awful fix, past praying for. This expression is said to have originated in the first American war with a spy, who dressed himself in a racoon skin, and ensconced himself in a tree. An English rifleman taking him for a veritable coon, levelled his piece at him, upon which he exclaimed, “Don’t shoot, I’ll come down of myself, I know I’m a GONE COON.” The Yankees say the Britisher was so “flummuxed,” that he flung down his rifle and “made tracks” for home. The phrase is pretty general in England. [There is one difficulty about this story—How big was the man who dressed himself in a racoon skin?]

More About coon

Position in the dictionary: 764 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: cooper, cooter, cop, coper, copper, coppernose, copus, corduroy roads, corinthianism, cork
Previous words in the dictionary: coolie, cooler, cook one’s goose, cook, cooey, conveyancer, convey, continuations, contango, consumah

The Slang Dictionary's Entry for coon

Read The Slang Dictionary's historical definition of the slang word "coon" on this page. Also learn other useful information about "coon", including the position in the dictionary and the next and previous terms to be discovered.