[on-ist-tuh-goo d-nis]


real or genuine.


really, truly, or genuinely.

Also hon·est-to-God [on-ist-tuh-god] /ˈɒn ɪst təˈgɒd/.

Origin of honest-to-goodness

First recorded in 1915–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of honest-to-god

Historical Examples of honest-to-god

  • She's meant to be an honest-to-God woman—the kind that keeps men clean—she's meant for the big-time stuff.

  • It was almost as good as though I'd gone back to the days of honest-to-God hold-ups an' rustlin's.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring

  • Candron wished he were an honest-to-God telepath, so he could be absolutely sure.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I want you to tell me the truth—the honest-to-God, cross-your-heart truth, Lem—about that money.

    In Pawn

    Ellis Parker Butler

  • Nothing but an honest-to-God, genuine, Joshua-stopping-the-sun type of miracle could have saved the opposition.

    Hail to the Chief

    Gordon Randall Garrett