Dictionary.com

goings-on

[ goh-ingz-on, awn ]
/ ˈgoʊ ɪŋzˈɒn, ˈɔn /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of goings-on

First recorded in 1765–75; noun use of present participle phrase going on
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use goings-on in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for goings-on

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
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
FEEDBACK