Definitions

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  • n. A ne'er-do-well; an individual who is no good.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A worthless, disreputable, or malicious person.

Etymologies

From no good +‎ -nik. Likely influenced by, evolved from, or borrowed directly into Yiddish from the Russian негодник (nye-GOD-nik) (“worthless person, reprobate, ne'er-do-well”) (Wiktionary)

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  • "'Meyer Black, eh.' Price chuckled again. 'Yeah. I know him. I've done a bit of business with him myself. He's a nogoodnik. He's a smuggler. Among other things.'"
    - Robert Barrett, 'White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie'.

    August 30, 2008