• n. Bad person, scoundrel (sometimes humorous or affectionate).

Example Sentences

  • "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

  • Yiddish
  • English


  • Eng "no good" + Yiddish ניק- suffix, signifying a person

    • Who Uses This

      • 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[1968]).

      Alternative Spellings


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