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goody1

or good·ie

[goo d-ee]Informal.
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noun, plural good·ies.
  1. Usually goodies. something especially attractive or pleasing, especially cake, cookies, or candy.
  2. something that causes delight or satisfaction: A record collector played some goodies for me on his phonograph.
interjection
  1. good (used to express childish delight).

Origin of goody1

1750–60; good + -y2, as noun suffix

goody2

[goo d-ee]
adjective
  1. goody-goody.

Origin of goody2

1805–15; apparently good + -y2, with attenuating or pejorative value, probably influenced by goody two shoes

goody3

[goo d-ee]
noun, plural good·ies.
  1. Archaic. a polite term of address for a woman of humble social standing.

Origin of goody3

1550–60; good(wife) + -y2; cf. hussy
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Examples from the Web for goody

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • So instead she threw her arms around him and said, "Oh goody, goody!"

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Cyrus is made to behave rather like the autocratic father of a goody story-book.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • Goody was borne off to his cabin, and he kept his daughter by him until we were at the wharf.

  • "Go on," said Hal, encouragingly, as Goody stopped and hesitated.

  • What fun you must have had with that old chap Goody, and his daughter.


British Dictionary definitions for goody

goody1

interjection
  1. a child's exclamation of pleasure and approval
noun plural goodies
  1. short for goody-goody
  2. informal the hero in a film, book, etc
  3. something particularly pleasant to have or (often) to eatSee also goodies

goody2

noun plural goodies
  1. archaic, or literary a married woman of low rank: used as a titleGoody Two-Shoes

Word Origin

C16: shortened from goodwife
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for goody

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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