Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affectedly sweet, good, or virtuous.
  • noun One who is affectedly sweet, good, or virtuous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. 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.
  • adjective colloq. Mawkishly or weakly good; exhibiting goodness with silliness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a person who behaves extremely well in order to please a superior
  • adjective affectedly or smugly good or self-righteous

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "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