[ good-ee-good-ee ]
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noun,plural good·y-good·ies.
  1. a person who is self-righteously, affectedly, or cloyingly good.

  1. self-righteously or cloyingly good; affecting goodness.

Origin of goody-goody

First recorded in 1870–75; reduplication of goody2

Words Nearby goody-goody Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use goody-goody in a sentence

  • Mustn't be too goody-goody; that kind of thing is falling out of date.

    New Grub Street | George Gissing
  • A little fellow called Jamie took me aside, and in the most friendly way advised me not to be so "goody-goody."

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt

British Dictionary definitions for goody-goody


nounplural -goodies
  1. a smugly virtuous or sanctimonious person

  1. smug and sanctimonious

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