Etymology
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good-for-nothing (adj.)

"worthless," 1711, from adjectival phrase (see good (adj.)).

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of good-for-nothing from WordNet
1
good-for-nothing (n.)
an idle worthless person;
Synonyms: goldbrick / goof-off / ne'er-do-well / no-account / good-for-naught
2
good-for-nothing (adj.)
without merit; of little or no value or use;
a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick
Synonyms: good-for-naught / meritless / no-account / no-count / no-good / sorry
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