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good-for-nothing

[goo d-fer-nuhth-ing, -nuhth-] /ˈgʊd fərˈnʌθ ɪŋ, -ˌnʌθ-/
adjective
1.
worthless; of no use.
noun
2.
a worthless or useless person.
Origin of good-for-nothing
1705-1715
1705-15
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  • The good-for-nothing took out his wishing-stone, and immediately meat and drink appeared before them.

  • That good-for-nothing devil who was always trailing after you?

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • See, with this sword did the good-for-nothing treacherously slay my father.

  • good-for-nothing, hand over five more nuts, and guess again.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Hes had no more than he deserves; no, nor half so much, the idle, good-for-nothing little rascal.

    Mildred's New Daughter Martha Finley
  • He discharged some of the good-for-nothing hands, that's all.

    Randy of the River Horatio Alger Jr.
  • I have just received a letter from that good-for-nothing husband of hers, and the child is to leave school and come here.

  • Go to your bedroom; and if you turn out a good-for-nothing and a scamp, it is no fault of mine.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • "Nan, the good-for-nothing," was to be given by a number of amateurs.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
British Dictionary definitions for good-for-nothing

good-for-nothing

noun
1.
an irresponsible or worthless person
adjective
2.
irresponsible; worthless
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for good-for-nothing

good-for-nothing

adjective

: You good-for-nothing bastard, you (1711+)

noun

A worthless person; scoundrel; bum (1751+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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