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[goo d-ee] /ˈgʊd i/
noun, interjection, Informal.
goody1 .
Origin of goodie
good + -ie


[goo d-ee] /ˈgʊd i/ Informal.
noun, plural goodies.
Usually, goodies. something especially attractive or pleasing, especially cake, cookies, or candy.
something that causes delight or satisfaction:
A record collector played some goodies for me on his phonograph.
good (used to express childish delight).
1750-60; good + -y2, as noun suffix


[goo d-ee] /ˈgʊd i/
noun, plural goodies.
Archaic. a polite term of address for a woman of humble social standing.
1550-60; good(wife) + -y2; cf. hussy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for goodies
  • Wrest what goodies you could and move on, was the get-rich-quick refrain.
  • He may be poised to fill stockings with toys and goodies-but he also looks as if he could be making off with the family silver.
  • She would set up a table in her house and have all kinds of goodies and surprises for us.
  • Quirky and charming brownstone with loads of period details and modern goodies.
  • They use a bat to break open a hanging barrel filled with all kinds of goodies.
  • He started throwing the ball for her and now she sits on his lap and all the other goodies.
  • We supplemented our menu with excellent store-bought goodies, from smoked salmon and salami to cheeses and chocolates.
  • Top off a hike or ride with a basket of gourmet goodies packed in style.
  • Maybe she goes on to a dorm, and perhaps its residents have left other goodies online.
  • Kids make up their own imaginary friends, and so must gain some emotional goodies thereby.
British Dictionary definitions for goodies


plural noun
any objects, rewards, prizes, etc, considered particularly desirable, attractive, or pleasurable


a child's exclamation of pleasure and approval
noun (pl) goodies
short for goody-goody
(informal) the hero in a film, book, etc
something particularly pleasant to have or (often) to eat See also goodies


noun (pl) goodies
(archaic or literary) a married woman of low rank: used as a title: Goody Two-Shoes
Word Origin
C16: shortened from goodwife
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Word Origin and History for goodies



also goodie, "something tasty," 1745, from good (adj.) + -y (2); adj. use for "sentimentally proper" is 1830 (especially in reduplicated form goody-goody, 1871). As an exclamation of pleasure, by 1796. Goody also used since 1550s as a shortened form of goodwife, a term of civility applied to a married woman in humble life; hence Goody Two-shoes, name of heroine in 1760s children's story who exulted upon acquiring a second shoe.

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Slang definitions & phrases for goodies



: Then I got out my goodie bag

  1. goody-goody
  2. A special treat; something nice to eat: a huge basket of goodies (1940s+)
  3. Something nice; a pleasant feature; something very desirable: headlight with a middle beam, the goodie you've been waiting for/ The local population took to the goodies of Western culture with avidity (1940s+)
  4. (also good guy) Someone on the side of virtue and decency, in contrast with a villain: It's much easier to make a girl a baddie than a goodie (1930s+ Motion pictures)
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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