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[goo d-ee-goo d-ee] /ˈgʊd iˈgʊd i/
noun, plural goody-goodies.
a person who is self-righteously, affectedly, or cloyingly good.
self-righteously or cloyingly good; affecting goodness.
Origin of goody-goody
First recorded in 1870-75; reduplication of goody2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You're getting quite too goody-goody," laughed Irene in an excited voice.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • She's not a bit a goody-goody; I'd just hate her like anything if she were.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • One said contemptuously, "Oh, you're a goody-goody, parson!"

    The Transformation of Job Frederick Vining Fisher
  • David Archer takes him off, too, with his saintliness and goody-goody airs.

  • Jarney, the goody-goody, must be made to pay for big knocking.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • They was afraid they'd soil their goody-goody hands, I s'pose.

    The Morning Glory Club George A. Kyle
  • Now, I reckon you know I ain't one of these goody-goody sports.

  • 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


noun (pl) -goodies
a smugly virtuous or sanctimonious person
smug and sanctimonious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for goody-goody



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


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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