[goo d-fer-nuhth-ing, -nuhth-]
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  1. a worthless or useless person.

Origin of good-for-nothing

First recorded in 1705–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for good-for-nothing

tramp, waster, loafer, scamp, bum, vagabond, scalawag, profligate, wastrel, rapscallion, no-good

Examples from the Web for good-for-nothing

Contemporary Examples of good-for-nothing

Historical Examples of good-for-nothing

  • Go to your bedroom; and if you turn out a good-for-nothing and a scamp, it is no fault of mine.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • But I am a good-for-nothing neighbor, as you have doubtless heard.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • Had I not simply wasted my time in my usual frivolous, good-for-nothing way?

  • Will he not be called by them a prater, a star-gazer, a good-for-nothing?

  • He was the son of a noble Venetian—a good-for-nothing in every sense of the word.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

British Dictionary definitions for good-for-nothing


  1. an irresponsible or worthless person
  1. irresponsible; worthless
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