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adjective \ˈgu̇d\

Simple Definition of good

  • : of high quality

  • : of somewhat high but not excellent quality

  • : correct or proper

Full Definition of good

bet·ter play \ˈbe-tər\ best play \ˈbest\

  1. 1 a (1) :  of a favorable character or tendency <good news> (2) :  bountiful, fertile <good land> (3) :  handsome, attractive <good looks> b (1) :  suitable, fit <good to eat> (2) :  free from injury or disease <one good arm> (3) :  not depreciated <bad money drives out good> (4) :  commercially sound <a good risk> (5) :  that can be relied on <good for another year> <good for a hundred dollars> <always good for a laugh> (6) :  profitable, advantageous <made a very good deal> c (1) :  agreeable, pleasant <had a good time> (2) :  salutary, wholesome <good for a cold> (3) :  amusing, clever <a good joke> d (1) :  of a noticeably large size or quantity :  considerable <won by a good margin> <a good bit of the time> (2) :  full <waited a good hour> (3) —used as an intensive <a good many of us> e (1) :  well-founded, cogent <good reasons> (2) :  true <holds good for society at large> (3) :  deserving of respect :  honorable <in good standing> (4) :  legally valid or effectual <good title> f (1) :  adequate, satisfactory <good care> —often used in faint praise <his serve is only good — Frank Deford> (2) :  conforming to a standard <good English> (3) :  choice, discriminating <good taste> (4) :  containing less fat and being less tender than higher grades —used of meat and especially of beef

  2. 2 a (1) :  virtuous, right, commendable <a good person> <good conduct> (2) :  kind, benevolent <good intentions> b :  upper-class <a good family> c :  competent, skillful <a good doctor> d (1) :  loyal <a good party man> <a good Catholic> (2) :  close <a good friend> e :  free from infirmity or sorrow <I feel good>

good·ish play \ˈgu̇-dish\ adjective
as good as
  1. :  in effect :  virtually <as good as dead>

as good as gold
  1. 1 :  of the highest worth or reliability <his promise is as good as gold>

  2. 2 :  well-behaved <the child was as good as gold>

good andplay \ˌgu̇d-ən\
  1. :  very, entirely <was good and mad>

Usage Discussion of good

An old notion that it is wrong to say “I feel good” in reference to health still occasionally appears in print. The origins of this notion are obscure, but they seem to combine someone's idea that good should be reserved to describe virtue and uncertainty about whether an adverb or an adjective should follow feel. Today nearly everyone agrees that both good and well can be predicate adjectives after feel. Both are used to express good health, but good may connote good spirits in addition to good health.

Examples of good

  1. You'll need better tools for this job.

  2. The car is in good condition.

  3. There are some good restaurants in this neighborhood.

  4. I'm afraid your work is just not good enough.

  5. Keep up the good work.

  6. Would you hire her again? Yes, I would. She does good work.

  7. The food was good but not great.

  8. He has done good but not outstanding work.

  9. Did you have a good time at the party?

  10. We're expecting good weather for the weekend.

Origin of good

Middle English, from Old English gōd; akin to Old High German guot good, Middle High German gatern to unite, Sanskrit gadhya what one clings to

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of good

  • : morally good forces or influences

  • : something that is right or good

  • the good : the pleasant things that happen to people

Full Definition of good

  1. 1 a :  something that is good b (1) :  something conforming to the moral order of the universe (2) :  praiseworthy character :  goodness c :  a good element or portion

  2. 2 a :  advancement of prosperity or well-being <the good of the community> <it's for your own good> b :  something useful or beneficial <it's no good trying>

  3. 3 a :  something that has economic utility or satisfies an economic want b plural :  personal property having intrinsic value but usually excluding money, securities, and negotiable instruments c plural :  cloth d plural :  something manufactured or produced for sale :  wares, merchandise <canned goods> e plural British :  freight

  4. 4 :  good persons —used with the

  5. 5 plural a :  the qualities required to achieve an end b :  proof of wrongdoing <didn't have the goods on him — T. G. Cooke>

for good also for good and all
in good with
  1. :  in a favored position with

to the good
  1. 1 :  for the best :  beneficial <efforts to restrict credit were all to the goodTime>

  2. 2 :  in a position of net gain or profit <wound up $10 to the good>

Examples of good

  1. the battle of good versus evil

  2. Teachers can be a strong force for good.

  3. the difference between good and bad

  4. They had to sacrifice lesser goods for greater ones.

  5. What is life's highest good?

  6. Parents must teach their children the difference between the good and the bad.

  7. She believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell.

  8. Only the good die young.

  9. She believes there is some good in everyone.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of good

before 12th century




Simple Definition of good

  • : completely and thoroughly

  • —used for emphasis before words like long and many

Full Definition of good

  1. 1 :  well <he showed me how good I was doing — Herbert Gold>

  2. 2 —used as an intensive <a good long time>

Usage Discussion of good

Adverbial good has been under attack from the schoolroom since the 19th century. Insistence on well rather than good has resulted in a split in connotation: well is standard, neutral, and colorless, while good is emotionally charged and emphatic. This makes good the adverb of choice in sports <“I'm seeing the ball real good” is what you hear — Roger Angell>. In such contexts as <listen up. And listen good — Alex Karras> <lets fly with his tomatoes before they can flee. He gets Clarence good — Charles Dickinson> good cannot be adequately replaced by well. Adverbial good is primarily a spoken form; in writing it occurs in reported and fictional speech and in generally familiar or informal contexts.

Examples of good

  1. Things have been going good lately.

  2. The team is doing good this year.

  3. How did you hit the ball today? Good.

  4. The other team whipped us good.

13th Century

First Known Use of good

13th century

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