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no-good

[adj. noh-goo d; n. noh-goo d] /adj. ˈnoʊˈgʊd; n. ˈnoʊˌgʊd/
adjective
1.
lacking worth or merit; useless; bad:
This no-good faucet never did work properly. Her no-good brother sold me the car.
noun
2.
a person or thing that is worthless or undependable.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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Word Origin and History for nogood

no-good

adj.

1908, from phrase no good "good for nothing." As a noun, first recorded 1924; variant no-goodnik (see -nik) first attested 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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no-good

adjective

: His father was a no-good drunk

noun

An unreliable or deplorable person; bum, no-account, no-goodnik: A high-living no-good in a derby hat (first form 1924+, second 1950s+)

[nogood-boy is found by 1908]


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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