[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
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Examples from the Web for no-good
Lauren Ashburn on why parents should worry about this no-good, horrible idea.Facebook Aims Low, May Allow the Under-13 Crowd to Sign Up
June 5, 2012
I planned tuh have all these no-good nephews sign that paper.The Lone Ranger Rides
So that's Buck Tarrant—a halfsized, poisonous, no-good kid who wanted to be a hardcase.The Draw
If we could only trace that call I'd break that no-good's neck!Direct Wire
“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.Stories of the Railroad
John A. Hill
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