goody-two-shoes


goody-two-shoes
/gʊdi-ˈtu-ʃuz/ (say goodee-'tooh-shoohz)

noun
a child or other person well satisfied with being unusually good.
{from a popular tale published in 1765, thought to have been written by Oliver Goldsmith, in which the heroine is an orphan girl who has only one shoe. On being given two shoes she is so delighted that she is thereafter called 'Goody Two-Shoes'. The current meaning is a misinterpretation of the honorific 'Goody'.}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • goody-two-shoes — [good΄ē to͞o′sho͞oz΄] adj., n. 〚after Goody Two Shoes, heroine of a Brit children s story (1766)〛 Informal GOODY GOODY: also goody two shoes or Goody Two shoes * * * …   Universalium

  • goody-two-shoes — [good΄ē to͞o′sho͞oz΄] adj., n. [after Goody Two Shoes, heroine of a Brit children s story (1766)] Informal GOODY GOODY: also goody two shoes or Goody Two shoes …   English World dictionary

  • goody-two-shoes — goody goody UK / US or goody two shoes UK / US noun [countable] Word forms goody goody : singular goody goody plural goody goodies informal informal, showing disapproval someone who always tries to please people in authority …   English dictionary

  • goody two-shoes — A goody two shoes is a self righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • goody-two-shoes — ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective or noun Usage: often capitalized G&T&S Etymology: after Goody Two Shoes, heroine of a children s story perhaps by Oliver Goldsmith died 1774 British author : goody goody * * * goody two shoes variant UK US …   Useful english dictionary

  • goody two-shoes — good′y two′ shoes or good′y two′ shoes n. pl. shoes, adj. (sometimes caps.) cvb goody goody • Etymology: after the title character of The History of Little Goody Two Shoes (1765), a nursery tale perh. written by Oliver Goldsmith …   From formal English to slang

  • Goody Two-shoes — noun Usage: often capitalized S Etymology: from Goody Two Shoes, heroine of a children s story perhaps by Oliver Goldsmith Date: 1934 a person who is goody goody; also a person who is uncommonly good • goody two shoes adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • goody two shoes — pl. goody two shoes. (sometimes caps.) a goody goody. [after the title character of The History of Little Goody Two Shoes (1765), a nursery tale perh. written by Oliver Goldsmith] * * * …   Universalium

  • goody two shoes — pl. goody two shoes. (sometimes caps.) a goody goody. [after the title character of The History of Little Goody Two Shoes (1765), a nursery tale perh. written by Oliver Goldsmith] …   Useful english dictionary

  • goody two-shoes — n. someone who tries to behave better than anyone else. (Also a term of address.) □ Well, goody two shoes, so you decided to come sit with us. □ I’m no goody two shoes. I just like to keep my nose clean …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions