[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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Historical Examples of honest-to-goodness

  • Been a long time since I've tasted a real, honest-to-goodness hamburger.

    This Crowded Earth

    Robert Bloch

  • Mebbe youre an honest-to-goodness reporter, and mebbe youre not.

  • Why couldnt you let the rest of us get a glimpse of some honest-to-goodness sharpers?

  • 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