Definition of no-good in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈˌnō ˈɡo͝od/


[attributive] informal
(Of a person) contemptible; worthless: a no-good layabout
More example sentences
  • Most Americans seem to have no problem with the fact that, in their view, a lot of nasty, no-good people are put to death each year.
  • Translation: my mum's various no-good boyfriends made my childhood a misery, so this time, I'm doing the picking.
  • ‘It is all because of that no-good thief,’ she whispered.


A worthless or contemptible person.
Example sentences
  • The election was stolen, according to her, which I guess proves that 59 million people are not only dumb, they are also a cheating bunch of no-goods who deserve what they're about to get in the next four years.
  • It was the neighborhood for ‘dangerous’ people as others called it, mostly bikers and no-goods that drank and smoked heavily.
  • You were the one who took out the rotten no-good that was holding a knife at Sam's throat.

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Syllabification: no-good

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