[goh-ingz-on, awn]

noun Informal.

conduct or behavior, especially when open to criticism: We had never seen such goings-on as at the last dance.
happenings; events: The American newspaper kept her in touch with the goings-on back home.

Origin of goings-on

First recorded in 1765–75; noun use of present participle phrase going on
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Examples from the Web for goings-on

Contemporary Examples of goings-on

Historical Examples of goings-on

  • In the meantime you shall hear, constantly, of all my goings-on.

  • Gervaise remained calm and cheerful among all these goings-on.


    Emile Zola

  • The men were asked if they had heard of any un-American goings-on in the Navy Yard.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • No, the people in the house was the last to hear anything of his goings-on.

    A Thin Ghost and Others

    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James

  • He was a man of the world, and well acquainted with the goings-on of society.

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for goings-on


pl n informal

actions or conduct, esp when regarded with disapproval
happenings or events, esp when mysterious or suspiciousthere were strange goings-on up at the Hall
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