good-for-naught

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj good-for-naught 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"
    • n good-for-naught an idle worthless person
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Quotations

  • Mark Twain
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    “A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.”

Usage

In literature:

Not that the heart can be good without knowledge; for without that, the heart is naught.
"The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
Psha, cried one, they are mere trash, stark naught, o' my word; they're good for nothing.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He was a typical example of the lovable good-for-naught.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
He would go home, tell Nancy that he was an unlucky good-for-naught, and ask her if she would try her hand at making him over.
"The Old Peabody Pew A Christmas Romance of a Country Church" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
As for the Ecole Royale des Beaux Arts, then, and all the good its students have done, as students, it is stark naught.
"The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh" by William Makepeace Thackeray
If thaa goes to Mrs. Stott's they'll say thaart goan for naught good.
"Lancashire Idylls (1898)" by Marshall Mather
Don't suppose I would waste time on a good-for-naught.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
In like manner good and evil talk to one another; yet they are not two but one, for evil is naught, and good only is reality.
"Unity of Good" by Mary Baker Eddy
Of his slim grace and woman's eyes, 35 They laughed, and called him good-for-naught.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
Of his slim grace and woman's eyes, 35 They laughed, and called him good-for-naught.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
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In poetry:

I think it's eggs and flour
That the old lady has bought
To bake a cake for her daughter,
The lazy good-for-naught.
"From The Window" by Heinrich Heine
Nothing can for sin atone -
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done -
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
"Nothing But The Blood" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
Men granted that his speech was wise,
But, when a glance they caught
Of his slim grace and woman's eyes,
They laughed, and called him good-for-naught.
"The Shepherd Of King Admetus" by James Russell Lowell
Husband and wife: so dear, so near, that earth
Had naught for each without the other good,
Yet son and daughter by one heavenly Birth,
Beneath one Fatherhood.
"The Gate Of Death" by Samuel John Stone
So multitudes have been forgot--
But drones or dunces, good for naught;
Like clinging parasites or burrs
Taking from others all they dared,
Yet little they for others cared
Except as pilferers.
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Beating the other guy to the draw is all well and good, but for naught if you're don't hit anything.
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