good-for-nothing

adjective

good-for-noth·​ing ˈgu̇d-fər-ˌnə-thiŋ How to pronounce good-for-nothing (audio)
: of no use or value
good-for-nothing noun

Examples of good-for-nothing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet later this year up to 40 healthy Australian volunteers may begin receiving infusions of the supposedly good-for-nothing molecule. Bymitch Leslie, science.org, 8 June 2023 In the film, directed by Taika Waititi, Hela comes back to Asgard seeking revenge and looking to kick everybody's ass, starting with her good-for-nothing brothers Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Hemsworth). Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of good-for-nothing was in 1533

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“Good-for-nothing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good-for-nothing. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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