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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affectedly sweet, good, or virtuous.
  • n. One who is affectedly sweet, good, or virtuous.

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  • n. A well-behaved person with no obvious human failings, with the possible exception of smugness and self-satisfaction

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Mawkishly or weakly good; exhibiting goodness with silliness.
  • n. A person who is weakly, sentimentally, or affectedly good; a goody-goody person; -- sometimes used to refer to person who acts with good intentions but who bunglingly does more harm than good. The latter may sometimes be deprecatingly referred to as a goo-goo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
  • adj. affectedly or smugly good or self-righteous

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  • "A person who is weakly, sentimentally, or affectedly good; a goody-goody person; -- sometimes used to refer to person who acts with good intentions but who bunglingly does more harm than good. The latter may sometimes be deprecatingly referred to as a goo-goo."

    --GNU Webster's 1913

    August 23, 2012