• WordNet 3.6
    • adj good-for-nothing 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-nothing an idle worthless person
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • good-for-nothing Of no value or use; worthless; shiftless; idle.
    • n good-for-nothing An idle, worthless person.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Good-for-nothing worthless, useless
    • ***


  • Edmund Burke
    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Truly has it been said; that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
  • Thornton T. Munger
    Thornton T. Munger
    “Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Once you are married, there is nothing for you, not even suicide, but to be good.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “Why should people pay good money to go out and see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?”
  • George Santayana
    “Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.”


Good-for-nothing - A lazy person who doesn't do anything useful is a good-for-nothing.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gód; closely akin to Dut. goed, Ger. gut, Ice. góðr, Goth. gods.


In literature:

Nothing so good for a touch of headache as a nice brisk walk in Kensington Gardens.
"Hilda Wade" by Grant Allen
They rolled among the vegetables, passed their days in the open air playing and fighting like good-for-nothing urchins.
"The Fortune of the Rougons" by Emile Zola
She is a nasty, sly, good-for-nothing thing!
"He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
Easters where the deuce is that good-for-nothing husband of yours?
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
I saw he was a good-for-nothing fellow then.
"An Egyptian Princess, Complete" by Georg Ebers
I am an old woman, good for nothing but to be put out of the way, and she has gone through quite enough!
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
If you don't, you're a good-for-nothing son.
"The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
It is no good for me to pretend to say how things were managed for us, for of course I could do nothing.
"Erema" by R. D. Blackmore
Rosey received him as a godpapa; Mrs. Mackenzie as a wicked, odious, good-for-nothing, dangerous, delightful creature.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She's always reading, and good for nothing else.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In poetry:

But if indeed I would,
Though I can nothing do,
Yet the desire is something good,
For which my praise is due.
"The Good That I Would I Do Not" by John Newton
His kindness is so very great,
His greatness is so good.
He looks upon my low estate,
He gives me daily food.
And nothing is too small for Him,--
Yes, truly! God is good.
"God Is Good" by John Oxenham
Why does she work so? Look and see,
There in the corner, children three!
Plump and furry and full of fun,
(A good-for-nothing is every one.)
And all those kittens
Must have mittens!
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
Besides, I'm good for nothing, to himself he said,
And will only become a burden to my mother, I'm afraid
And there, at the bottom of that water, said he,
From all my misfortunes death will set me free.
"The Sprig of Moss" by William Topaz McGonagall
And he cried, "You were at the door when I came up the lane;
Take that, you good-for-nothing slut; you're to blame
For not having my supper ready; you will find
That's no excuse, Sarah, because you are blind."
"The Blind Girl" by William Topaz McGonagall
Covet nothing, envy none, for all have things to bear
Everything is balanced, God is good and life is fair...
Who has had the worst of it and who has had the best--
None can say, for each must pass his individual test.
"Passing the Test" by Patience Strong

In news:

Like the changing of the leaves and the arrival of the rain, you can always count on at least one good-for-nothing, lay-you-on-your-back cold a season (at least I can).
FOR several years now, there's been nothing but good news, open space-wise, coming out of beautiful Millard Canyon north of Altadena.
Indie & Arthouse films: Filmusik, ' Good for Nothing ,' and more.
A trip to Toronto was good for nothing .
Apple's Good for Nothing iPad.
Indie & Arthouse films: Filmusik, 'Good for Nothing,' and more.
Good for Nothing Written and directed by Mike Wallis Screen Media Films Opens March 9, Quad Cinema.
A trip to Toronto was good for nothing.
Haiti's amputees struggle, but they are not dismissed as 'good-for- nothings .
There's nothing like a good night's sleep…but for people with obstructive sleep apnea, decent shut-eye is hard to get.
For Anderson, there was nothing like a good old-fashioned movie sword fight .
"For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so".
CHICO — It's been nothing but good news as of late for Chico State University alumnus Mark Ulriksen.
Places that promise rehabilitation for troubled youths that are nothing more than entities of torture that do more damage than good.
Because celebrities love nothing more than a good cause they can say they helped out with, a whole lot of them stepped out for Wednesday night's 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In science:

Thanks to three good friends, to Jes´us Mart´ın of who we have copied the Annex, to Josep Llosa for doing a carefully reading and an useful criticism that lead us to improve this paper and finally to Llu´ıs Bel that without his inspiration and insistence almost nothing of this article had occurred to us.
Rigid motions and generalized Newtonian gravitation. Lost in Translation
Admittedly, it may be more difficult to construct good reference frames for some degrees of freedom, but there is nothing in principle preventing their construction.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
To define a meaningful observable for an economic system one must compare ratios of prices of several goods of one agent, or consider the return, relative to doing nothing, to an agent of participating in a cycle of trading.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
Condition (1), that ensures that the set of vertices (of the P L manifold) is “fairly dense”10 is nothing but the necessary and quite common density condition for good approximation both of distances and of curvature measures – see e.g. [CMS84] and [Sa11b] and the references therein.
Metric Ricci curvature for $PL$ manifolds
This is a situation where a good technique for removal of correlated noise from the channel of interest should do absolutely nothing, since there is no correlation to remove! How does the technique described here perform in this situation? For simplicity, consider first the two-channel case of Section 4.
Automatic cross-talk removal from multi-channel data