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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Leopold believed the entire Weber family to be good-for-nothing.
▪ More than that, it had served to prove yet again that Sweetheart was quite justified in calling him worthless and good-for-nothing.
▪ Most of them are idle, work-shy, good-for-nothing.

n. A person of little worth or usefulness.

  1. adj. without merit; "a sorry horse"; "a sorry excuse"; "a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"; "the car was a no-good piece of junk" [syn: good-for-naught, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good, sorry]

  2. n. an idle worthless person [syn: goldbrick, goof-off, ne'er-do-well, good-for-naught]

Usage examples of "good-for-nothing".

It was my youngest brother, a good-for-nothing fellow, whom I had always disliked.

That good-for-nothing, lollygagging, Colonel Meagher has been appointed brigadier general and will take command at once.

The Commissary has known him as an indigent, good-for-nothing lubbard who has begged his way in the streets of Paris ever since he was released from gaol some months ago, after he had served a term for larceny.

They had been degenerate: the one a good-for-nothing and swiller, the other a sour, aging, infertile maid.

He was engaged in the composition of a letter to the parents of an inmate who had died, and though he had written countless such missives over the twenty-odd years of his rectorship, and though the deceased boy had been a sniveler, a liar, and good-for-nothing, Father de St.

Like Lord Unwin, Henry Calder Rackham appears to have made an abrupt transition from portliness to fat, during the same passage of time in which William has transformed himself from an effete good-for-nothing into a captain of industry.

I was considered a good-for-nothing, and Lupinus is a miracle of knowledge and learning.

On the following day Mr. Weevle, who is a handy good-for-nothing kind of young fellow, borrows a needle and thread of Miss Flite and a hammer of his landlord and goes to work devising apologies for window-curtains, and knocking up apologies for shelves, and hanging up his two teacups, milkpot, and crockery sundries on a pennyworth of little hooks, like a shipwrecked sailor making the best of it.

The proprieties were observed and the Emperor was the first to set that example, but everybody understood that the old man was blameworthy and good-for-nothing.

He was a good-for-nothing fellow, a drunkard and a debauchee, a peasant from Picardy, and he could hardly read or write, but I did not mind all that.

The husband, by birth a native of Turin, and by profession a good-for-nothing, placed no obstacle in Acton's way, as the Englishman was generous with his money.

He was the son of a noble Venetian--a good-for-nothing in every sense of the word.

Mr Drelincourt had had experience of good-for-nothing lads who raced their horses against other chaises, and he disapproved strongly of this pastime.

That bunch of food-coupon-grabbing good-for-nothing welfare dumbasses get whatever they can from the US, the French and the Brits before the dung hits the fan, we get the hell out and they go back to incest and alcoholism.

He looked sleepy, as if he was somewhat bored by the whole proceedings, yet Morton knew he loved people to think him lazy, a good-for-nothing slouch, who spent his days in slumber and his nights catching forty winks.