[ adjective noh-goo d; noun noh-goo d ]
/ adjective ˈnoʊˈgʊd; noun ˈnoʊˌgʊd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. no-fault insurance,
  2. no-fly zone,
  3. no-frills,
  4. no-go,
  5. no-go area,
  6. no-goodnik,
  7. no-growth,
  8. no-hit,
  9. no-hitter,
  10. no-hoper

Origin of no-good

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

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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