plural noun

go·​ings-on ˌgō-iŋ-ˈzȯn How to pronounce goings-on (audio)
: irregular or reprehensible happenings or conduct

Examples of goings-on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, this 2020 adaptation takes a slightly more modern and satirical approach to the frivolous goings-on of high society than the '90s version. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 16 May 2024 Its motion-detection alerts put you right in the center of any goings-on. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 4 May 2024 Democrats already fear a repeat of the chaos of the 1968 DNC in Chicago where bloody clashes between cops and protesters drew eyes away from the convention goings-on. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 For fans looking to mix horsepower with horse racing, Ford’s Garage is the place to be with its Kentucky Derby goings-on. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 May 2024 Higgins’s allegation was central to Australia’s #MeToo moment, with outrage laser-focused on goings-on at Parliament. Frances Vinall, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 Find additional methods to keep your neighbors informed about the goings-on in their association other than just posting the minutes. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2024 When one former Oxford professor dies, her five most promising students reunite at her funeral and are soon pulled into the implausible goings-on. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 Weird Animal Behaviors During an Eclipse Over the decades since, scientists have documented all sorts of peculiar goings-on during eclipses. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goings-on was in 1775

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“Goings-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goings-on. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural noun
: actions or events that are taking place

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