- 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. 2018
Examples from the Web for honest-to-goodness
Instead, I am relieved to find myself in an honest-to-goodness rural watering hole.Half of This Bar Is in Slovenia, the Other Half Is in Croatia
January 6, 2014
Been a long time since I've tasted a real, honest-to-goodness hamburger.This Crowded Earth
Mebbe youre an honest-to-goodness reporter, and mebbe youre not.The Gray Phantom's Return
Why couldnt you let the rest of us get a glimpse of some honest-to-goodness sharpers?The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass
Now, honest-to-goodness, Nead, did Mrs. Magoon say shed hold this room until you had decided?Center Rush Rowland
Ralph Henry Barbour
At first I thought he was just a remote-control tool, but I finally saw that he was a real, honest-to-goodness robot.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett