[adjective noh-goo d; noun noh-goo d]Informal.


lacking worth or merit; useless; bad: This no-good faucet never did work properly. Her no-good brother sold me the car.


a person or thing that is worthless or undependable.

Origin of no-good

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for no-good

Contemporary Examples of no-good

Historical Examples of no-good

  • I planned tuh have all these no-good nephews sign that paper.

  • So that's Buck Tarrant—a halfsized, poisonous, no-good kid who wanted to be a hardcase.

    The Draw

    Jerome Bixby

  • If we could only trace that call I'd break that no-good's neck!

    Direct Wire

    Clee Garson

  • No-good friends of Antón and Celeste probably,” she returned.

    Whispering Walls

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • You're worse than one of them slippin', dancin', three-legged, no-good Grants.

Word Origin and History for no-good

1908, from phrase no good "good for nothing." As a noun, first recorded 1924; variant no-goodnik (see -nik) first attested 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper