n. Bad person, scoundrel (sometimes humorous or affectionate).
"Ah, he's a regular no-goodnik."
"He essays the role of a middle-class Milquetoast and failed rapper who pilfers the identity of a neighborhood thug when said no-goodnik ends up behind bars." (SPIN magazine, Feb 1993)
Languages of Origin
Eng "no good" + Yiddish ניק- suffix, signifying a person
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
- Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
- North America
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
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