from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deliverance from or removal of something unwanted or undesirable: "Compeyson took it easy as a good riddance for both sides” ( Charles Dickens).
- n. The act of ridding: riddance of household pests.
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- n. The act of being rid of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of ridding or freeing; deliverance; a cleaning up or out.
- n. The state of being rid or free; freedom; escape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of ridding or getting rid, as of something superfluous, objectionable, or injurious; the state of being thus relieved; deliverance; specifically, the act of clearing or cleaning out.
- n. The act of putting out of the way specifically, destruction.
- n. The earth thrown out by an animal, as a fox, badger, or woodchuck, in burrowing into the ground.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of removing or getting rid of something
- n. the act of forcing out someone or something
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The officer broke out with enthusiasm at the idea of a riddance from the French alliance, and said that every man of the troops in question felt the same.
Can I point out that "riddance" is also misspelled?
As his stepmother had not even taken leave of him, but had entrusted his departure to the relative with whom he had been lately living, it was considered as an act of "riddance," and accepted as such by her party, and even vaguely acquiesced in by the boy himself.
By the way it's spelled "riddance" not "riddens" as for Michele, you're correct, now that they've awoken, about all you'll have left up there is an occasional "bear siting". frustrated wrote on Sep 11, 2009 11: 57 PM:
Angus: For any military personnel who resign or choose not to re-enlist because they refuse to serve alongside gay people, I say good riddance.
For any military personnel who resign or choose not to re-enlist because they refuse to serve alongside gay people, I say good riddance.
That went out the window with Olduvai Gorge, and good riddance.
And a small note to those here and in other boards jumping in with such degrading, nasty comments like “Good riddance” or “Thank god that horribleness is over”: Is it too much to ask for a little sensitivity, even a little grace?
After that stiff and awkward “I used to live in this building” speech, I have to say, “Good riddance, Jo.”
Bye-bye, all you Miami Batistaites, and good riddance.