An Italian-American word originally meaning an ill-mannered, unkempt pig-man (or woman). Based on italian cultural concepts like making a good show of yourself and an obsession with cleanliness. The word comes from the Italian "cafone", which sounds to an english-speaker as 'Gaw-Vone' when spoken with a southern Italian accent.
Now it's used mostly by Italian-Americans to mean 'trashy' Italians, the ones who didn't give up on their culture and become like white american people. Lately I've heard it directed at the Sopranos characters and the Guidos from Jersey Shore.
"My Cousin Vinny is about a bunch of Gavones that challenge the law of the deep south."
Me: Ma the guy I work for wears tons of gold chains and walks around like he doesn't care what other people think.
Mamma: What a gavone.
Me: Ma my friend Lorenzo invited me to his family cook-out.
Mamma: Oh gawd don't go they're a bunch of gavones.
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