Definition of no-good in English:



  • [attributive] (of a person) contemptible; worthless.

    ‘a no-good layabout’
    • ‘We have a protective nurturing mother who has been deserted by her no-good husband.’
    • ‘After both are deserted by no-good boyfriends, Nina discovers she's pregnant and George offers to play happy families.’
    • ‘Betty Sizemore suffers a mild state of amnesia after witnessing the brutal murder of her no-good husband Del.’
    • ‘Everyone loved the schoolmarm, especially the no-good son of the landowner and a young black man, called Sam, who brought wild onions from the mountains and jars of peaches to sell.’
    • ‘She said, ‘Tell that no-good swine that I'm going out with the girls tonight and he'd better get a takeaway as there's no way I'm letting him turn my kitchen into a bomb site.’’
    • ‘She's much too young for the kind of life she's forced to lead, much too young to be bashed up by a no-good husband, and much too gutsy to let all this get her down.’
    • ‘Don't let that no-good father of yours stand in your way.’
    • ‘‘It is all because of that no-good thief,’ she whispered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Willy Harris makes no physical appearance in the play, yet is mentioned several times as a no-good scoundrel.’
    • ‘Translation: my mum's various no-good boyfriends made my childhood a misery, so this time, I'm doing the picking.’
    • ‘He is delightful as the no-good antihero of this obscure made-for-TV movie.’
    • ‘She lives upstairs and comes down the fire escape to visit Jack whenever her no-good mom is entertaining, which is a lot.’
    • ‘Rather than playing a hero on his way up, Chow casts himself as a no-good beggar bent on joining a Shanghai gang.’
    • ‘What I'm basically saying here is that he is a no-good hypocrite.’
    • ‘Set in a Scottish seaside town, the story concerns a mother who, having long ago left her no-good husband, has convinced her young son that his dad cannot visit him because he is always away at sea.’
    • ‘When his beloved daughter Chantelle's no-good fiancé jilts her, Eddy is desperate to cheer her up.’
    • ‘Latrice evokes laughter when she states plainly that she is thankful to be rid of her no-good husband.’
    • ‘Or maybe it's because they're no-good party-pooping spoilsports who couldn't write a decent song if they had a gun to their heads.’
    • ‘Sam instantly dislikes the man and sees him for a worthless, no-good bounder, but Ellen is blinded by her need to be part of an extended family unit.’
    contemptible, loathsome, hateful, detestable, reprehensible, abhorrent, abominable, awful, heinous, beyond the pale
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  • A worthless or contemptible person.

    • ‘It was the neighborhood for ‘dangerous’ people as others called it, mostly bikers and no-goods that drank and smoked heavily.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anger filled him anew as he reached a tentative hand to touch the purplish bruise on her ivory cheek where the other man had slapped her - that dirty no-good; I ought to go back and tear him apart, how dare he hurt her!’
    • ‘You were the one who took out the rotten no-good that was holding a knife at Sam's throat.’



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