Main definitions of goody in English

: goody1goody2

goody1

(also goodie)

noun

informal
  • 1British A good or favoured person, especially a hero in a book, film, etc.

    • ‘Even if they just want to have their name used, we need to decide if they want to be a baddie or a goodie.’
    • ‘The reader knows who the baddie is as John Baker cleverly moves from the goodie to the baddie, to a boyfriend of one of the murdered women and to a woman who has an unnatural attraction to the baddie.’
    • ‘In a way I'm a goodie, but its funny because technically I'm a baddie for being a cuckold.’
    • ‘This is not a film with a clear moral judgement, or a neat goodie/baddie symmetry.’
    • ‘I'm talking about the games that suddenly impose a countdown on a level; the type of countdown you get in stupid action films, where the goodie has to defuse the bomb before it detonates.’
    • ‘Nervous Energy is a goodie from Iain M. Bank's Culture series.’
    • ‘I got my first break as stunt-double for the top goodie on Super Comix Babies.’
    • ‘This Spud, a scary librarian who uses a spud gun on misbehaving children in order to get them to read books, turns out to be a goodie and the kids discover reading books is indeed fun.’
    • ‘It's a little metal badge you wear on your lapel that tells the Secret Service that you're a goodie.’
    • ‘Obviously he wins 'cause he's the goodie, but he doesn't have an easy time of it.’
    • ‘With several hundred children it was quite a lively show, especially when the baddie crept up on the goodie in the film.’
    • ‘This time round he's a goodie as Prince Richard who falls in love and saves Snow White.’
  • 2usually goodiesSomething attractive or desirable, especially something tasty to eat.

    • ‘He's believed to have settled on a ring from Tiffany, having showered his bride-to-be with goodies from the exclusive jewellers many times before.’
    • ‘The Christmas penny jar will buy more food and drink than we could possibly consume over the holiday and there aren't any goodies I truly fancy finding in my stocking.’
    • ‘Loaded with all the goodies, the loaves of zucchini bread came out tasty as ever, even if this time it substantially deviated from the original.’
    • ‘She thanked the parents who provided goodies for the cake sale and to Kathleen and Michael Ryan Luke who lent their goat, Angela, to the school for the presentation.’
    • ‘They also have a keen interest in eating tasty goodies, almost without restriction.’
    • ‘Later as they left the park the children were treated to some refreshments and goodies which made their day.’
    • ‘The gas station was a tiny one-room job, with a counter in the corner and shelves of goodies filling the rest of the space.’
    • ‘Afterwards there was wine and more goodies before everyone dispersed into the cold November night, well fortified with delicious food and feeling great!’
    • ‘As usual we had our normal snacks after as Paul Kraft supplied the goodies for the week.’
    • ‘We just spoiled them rotten, always finding them tasty goodies to add to their regular food.’
    • ‘My ideal Christmas was curling up in front of an open fire, nibbling goodies from a selection box, after a meal of turkey and stuffing followed by Christmas pudding.’
    • ‘Brigid Mooney and Evelyn Shaw served a lovely tea with lots of tasty seasonal goodies.’
    • ‘The first prize in the Christmas draw is a large Christmas hamper with numerous other prizes of Christmas goodies.’
    • ‘After everyone had had time to sample the goodies and see the displays there was a final treat.’
    • ‘Besides the trophy, the winning team walked away with attractive goodies, gift and discount coupons sponsored by various organisations.’
    • ‘Treated to bags of pampering goodies and a morning tea, Lesley said it was nice to be thanked and to have the chance to talk to people who understand what she's going through.’
    • ‘Home-made cakes and other goodies will be on sale but the fun only starts there as there will be games to play, videos and books to buy, a raffle with fabulous prizes and face painting.’
    • ‘Afternoon tea is served just before the game drive, with all the tasty goodies being baked in the camp kitchens.’
    • ‘She wasn't a totally overweight woman; just a bit plump from all the snacks and goodies she constantly ate throughout the day.’
    • ‘The buffet had all kinds of platters of goodies and snacks set out over it for the party.’
    delicacy, tasty morsel, dainty, fancy, confection, bonne bouche, luxury, treat
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exclamation

  • Expressing childish delight.

    ‘goody, we can have a party’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ he said, dropping Kally and sweeping towards Jade.’
    • ‘Oh, goody, another mystery: I simply cannot wait to find out what is going on!’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ she muttered sarcastically ‘look, another brain to make me feel stupid.’’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ Holly jumped down from her bed and scampered out of the room.’
    • ‘Oh, goody, Maxine the wolf Redfield is on her way toward my table and this gives me a chance to talk to her.’
    • ‘‘Oh, goody,’ Kate muttered under her breath, but luckily Emily didn't hear her.’
    • ‘Oh, goody, Maxine is on her way and this gives me a chance to talk to her.’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ Sandra clapped happily but was still eyeing me carefully.’
    • ‘No more sea bass, no more haddock, and - oh, goody - lots of coley.’
    • ‘A note slipped in from LeeAnne, goody: hmm, planning a weekend get-together.’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ Basil said, and stalked away to where Randall was.’
    • ‘‘Oh, goody,’ you said flatly, and stared at the Cheerios box opposite you.’
    • ‘And to my surprise and delight he looked upset, goody.’
    • ‘Goody, goody, we get to fight them over there, so we don't have to fight them here.’
    • ‘‘Oh, goody,’ Em clapped her hands together flatly.’
    • ‘‘Oh goody,’ Alison huffs when she finds her partner.’
    • ‘‘Oh, goody, I get to ask the obvious question,’ said Amy.’
    • ‘Ooh goody, let's have them kiss and make up - as a scoop for us!’
    • ‘When the tutor said, ‘Next week we're drawing shells,’ at the end of the last session, I thought, ‘Oh goody, that will be easy.’’
    • ‘‘Oh, goody,’ she said sarcastically, and sat back down in her chair.’

Pronunciation

goody

/ˈɡʊdi/

Main definitions of goody in English

: goody1goody2

goody2

noun

archaic
  • (often as a title prefixed to a surname) an elderly woman of humble station.

    ‘the tale of Goody Blake and Harry Gill’

Origin

Mid 16th century: pet form of goodwife; compare with hussy.

Pronunciation

goody

/ˈɡʊdi/