Definition of good-for-nothing in US English:



  • (of a person) worthless.

    ‘his good-for-nothing son’
    • ‘Finally, she saw what she had been hoping for: the worn out brake pads that her lazy, good-for-nothing father hadn't replaced.’
    • ‘It's time to finish off what those good-for-nothing soldiers of mine couldn't do.’
    • ‘I am ashamed to see that you are a lazy good-for-nothing slob and are unable to find this information for yourself.’
    • ‘Bacon was an apolitical, good-for-nothing gambler with no principles to blind him to reality.’
    • ‘Kathy has no hope for that good-for-nothing son of hers, of course, and so she's damn jealous of you.’
    • ‘Hunter, you will die before tonight, you useless, good-for-nothing idiot.’
    • ‘Maybe you should ask him why he found it so easy to blame his good-for-nothing buddies for those marks on his back.’
    • ‘I know and am perfectly aware that we're stuck with stupid good-for-nothing Carolyn.’
    • ‘Because that's how I see him, I don't like him or his annoying, arrogant, good-for-nothing friends.’
    • ‘He says he has invested too much to let her just become a good-for-nothing musician.’
    • ‘She was going crazy and it was all because of her good-for-nothing family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We'll figure out what to do with that miserable good-for-nothing Count.’
    • ‘A group of good-for-nothing thugs are out to kidnap Jack.’
    • ‘Go tell your brothers to do their homework since I know they're playing their good-for-nothing video games.’
    • ‘But you could do great things for this good-for-nothing school!’
    • ‘In this blackness I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that good-for-nothing hoodlum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thought of that poor little girl kidnapped because of her good-for-nothing father made me feel sick.’
    • ‘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.’
    useless, worthless, incompetent, inefficient, inept, ne'er-do-well
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  • A worthless person.

    • ‘I'm a lazy good-for-nothing at heart, so I don't want to waste my precious leisure time paying bills.’
    • ‘By the look Merle's grandmother was giving me I was sure she thought I was a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the lad turned out to be a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘Novelists are a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings, obviously.’
    • ‘He thought I was a drug-taking bohemian good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘My friends were right; I never should have dated a good-for-nothing like you!’
    • ‘To practical men of business like them he is the epitome of the wastage of human energy, he is a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘I know I'm not because I'm trying to help a good-for-nothing like you with love.’
    • ‘It surely would sound sarcastic if these pampered good-for-nothings were to condescend to socialize with manual workers and make friends with them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He always seemed to be doing things in a way to show her that she was a good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘Well, Charles, is at best a stony-faced pampered blue-blooded good-for-nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They can think of nothing to say or do but whinge the greedy good-for-nothings.’
    • ‘Naturally, given the spiteful nature that those good-for-nothings have, it follows that they would wrest what little strength we have from us.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘‘Little good-for-nothing,’ he keeps muttering.’
    • ‘From the moment you met me, you decided that I was a good-for-nothing who lived for making trouble.’
    ne'er-do-well, layabout, do-nothing, idler, loafer, slob, lounger, sluggard, laggard, slugabed, malingerer, shirker
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