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goody-goody

[goo d-ee-goo d-ee] /ˈgʊd iˈgʊd i/
noun, plural goody-goodies.
1.
a person who is self-righteously, affectedly, or cloyingly good.
adjective
2.
self-righteously or cloyingly good; affecting goodness.
Origin of goody-goody
1870-1875
1870-75; reduplication of goody2
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  • You with a boy three or four years old, posing around as a goody-goody bachelor.

    The Jack-Knife Man Ellis Parker Butler
  • "You're getting quite too goody-goody," laughed Irene in an excited voice.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • Was this the cousin whom she had considered a sort of namby-pamby, goody-goody girl who would be easily controlled?

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool
  • One said contemptuously, "Oh, you're a goody-goody, parson!"

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • My respected friend goody-goody declares the sermon to be 'dreadfully irreverent;' but one needn't mind him.

  • They was afraid they'd soil their goody-goody hands, I s'pose.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
  • The goody-goody little soul of her put its hands about the little weakness of her and held it tight.

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • Why, Molly, you always do right; what in the world are you turning so goody-goody for?

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for goody-goody

goody-goody

noun (pl) -goodies
1.
a smugly virtuous or sanctimonious person
adjective
2.
smug and sanctimonious
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Slang definitions & phrases for goody-goody

goody-goody

modifier

: what might have been agoody-goody role (1871+)

noun

A prim and ostentatiously virtuous person: I'm not a mammy boy nor a goody-goody (1873+)

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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