Definition of good-for-nothing in English:

good-for-nothing

adjective

  • (of a person) worthless.

    ‘his good-for-nothing son’
    • ‘She was going crazy and it was all because of her good-for-nothing family.’
    • ‘I knew what the lady had said was just a lie cooked up by my lazy, good-for-nothing parents to get me to come home.’
    • ‘I know and am perfectly aware that we're stuck with stupid good-for-nothing Carolyn.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the hotel's concierge is Richard's sister, Valerie, and she would like nothing better than to see her good-for-nothing brother fall on his face.’
    • ‘But you could do great things for this good-for-nothing school!’
    • ‘They're just lazy good-for-nothing ignoramuses who are much better at civil disobedience and rioting than they could ever be at the much more difficult task of government and administration.’
    • ‘We'll figure out what to do with that miserable good-for-nothing Count.’
    • ‘I am ashamed to see that you are a lazy good-for-nothing slob and are unable to find this information for yourself.’
    • ‘Hunter, you will die before tonight, you useless, good-for-nothing idiot.’
    • ‘A group of good-for-nothing thugs are out to kidnap Jack.’
    • ‘Maybe you should ask him why he found it so easy to blame his good-for-nothing buddies for those marks on his back.’
    • ‘Finally, she saw what she had been hoping for: the worn out brake pads that her lazy, good-for-nothing father hadn't replaced.’
    • ‘Kathy has no hope for that good-for-nothing son of hers, of course, and so she's damn jealous of you.’
    • ‘Bacon was an apolitical, good-for-nothing gambler with no principles to blind him to reality.’
    • ‘The thought of that poor little girl kidnapped because of her good-for-nothing father made me feel sick.’
    • ‘It's time to finish off what those good-for-nothing soldiers of mine couldn't do.’
    • ‘In this blackness I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that good-for-nothing hoodlum.’
    • ‘He says he has invested too much to let her just become a good-for-nothing musician.’
    • ‘Because that's how I see him, I don't like him or his annoying, arrogant, good-for-nothing friends.’
    • ‘Go tell your brothers to do their homework since I know they're playing their good-for-nothing video games.’
    useless, worthless, incompetent, inefficient, inept, ne'er-do-well
    lazy, idle, slothful, indolent, shiftless, spiritless, apathetic, aimless, unambitious, unenterprising
    no-good, no-account, lousy
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noun

  • A worthless person.

    • ‘Edie Falco plays Marly, a hard-drinking late-thirtysomething woman, working at her dad's motel and diner, hassled by her good-for-nothing ex-husband and pining for a way out of there.’
    • ‘I know I'm not because I'm trying to help a good-for-nothing like you with love.’
    • ‘He always seemed to be doing things in a way to show her that she was a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘Naturally, given the spiteful nature that those good-for-nothings have, it follows that they would wrest what little strength we have from us.’
    • ‘By the look Merle's grandmother was giving me I was sure she thought I was a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘‘Little good-for-nothing,’ he keeps muttering.’
    • ‘To practical men of business like them he is the epitome of the wastage of human energy, he is a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘You are told that you are poor because your father is too stupid or too shiftless to find a decent job; or that he is a good-for-nothing who has abandoned you to a mother who cannot cope.’
    • ‘From the moment you met me, you decided that I was a good-for-nothing who lived for making trouble.’
    • ‘I'm a lazy good-for-nothing at heart, so I don't want to waste my precious leisure time paying bills.’
    • ‘My friends were right; I never should have dated a good-for-nothing like you!’
    • ‘But the lad turned out to be a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘It surely would sound sarcastic if these pampered good-for-nothings were to condescend to socialize with manual workers and make friends with them.’
    • ‘Well, Charles, is at best a stony-faced pampered blue-blooded good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘They can think of nothing to say or do but whinge the greedy good-for-nothings.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the good-for-nothing in the next cubicle earns five dollars more an hour than you do, that could be the source of great indignation, uneasiness, and unhappiness.’
    • ‘He thought I was a drug-taking bohemian good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘If someone has successfully completed an epic, exhausting, hazardous journey to get here, why assume that they will become lazy, work-shy good-for-nothings when they arrive?’
    • ‘No, fancy stuff like that was for the layabouts, the good-for-nothings, the dreamers, those who didn't have a clue as to what was what.’
    • ‘Novelists are a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings, obviously.’
    ne'er-do-well, layabout, do-nothing, idler, loafer, slob, lounger, sluggard, laggard, slugabed, malingerer, shirker
    skiver, waster, slacker, lazybones, lead-swinger, couch potato
    scrimshanker
    wastrel
    fainéant
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Pronunciation:

good-for-nothing

/ˈɡʊd fər ˌnəθɪŋ/