: affectedly or ingratiatingly good or proper
goody-goody noun

Examples of goody-goody in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goody-goody was in 1785

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“Goody-goody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goody-goody. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: pretending to be good in order to impress people
goody-goody noun

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