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no-good

adjective \ ˈnō-ˈgu̇d \

Definition of no-good

: having no worth, virtue, use, or chance of success
  • a no-good scoundrel

First Known Use of no-good

1904

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no-good

noun \ ˈnō-ˌgu̇d \

Definition of no-good

: a no-good person or thing

First Known Use of no-good

1871

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NO-GOOD Defined for English Language Learners

no-good

Definition of no-good for English Language Learners

  • : having no worth, use, or chance of success


no-good

Definition of no-good for English Language Learners

  • : a bad or useless person



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