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goody-goody

[goo d-ee-goo d-ee]
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noun, plural good·y-good·ies.
  1. a person who is self-righteously, affectedly, or cloyingly good.
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adjective
  1. self-righteously or cloyingly good; affecting goodness.
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Origin of goody-goody

First recorded in 1870–75; reduplication of goody2
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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


British Dictionary definitions for goody-goody

goody-goody

noun plural -goodies
  1. a smugly virtuous or sanctimonious person
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adjective
  1. smug and sanctimonious
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