good

adjective
\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce good (audio) \; best\ ˈbest How to pronounce good (audio) \

Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a(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 a word that gives force or emphasis to a statement 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) : liking only things that are of good quality : choice, discriminating good taste
(4) : containing less fat and being less tender than higher grades used of meat and especially of beef
g sports
(1) of a serve or shot : landing in the proper area of the court in tennis and similar games The serve was good.
(2) of a shot or kick : successfully done(basketball) The first foul shot was good but she missed the second one.(American football) The kick was good from 45 yards. The kick was no good. [=was missed]
h informal : having everything desired or required : content and not wanting or needing to do anything further "Do you want anything else to drink?" "No thanks, I'm good." "I have had girlfriends say, 'Hey, you wanna go walking?' And I'm just not interested. I'm like 'Uh, no, I'm good.' But they keep inviting me!"— Laila Ali
2a(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
as good as
: in effect : virtually as good as dead
as good as gold
1 : of the highest worth or reliability his promise is as good as gold
2 : well-behaved the child was as good as gold
good and \ ˌgu̇d-​ᵊn How to pronounce good (audio) \
: very, entirely was good and mad

good

noun

Definition of good (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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
3a : something that has economic utility or satisfies an economic want
b goods plural : personal property having intrinsic value but usually excluding money, securities, and negotiable instruments
c goods plural : cloth
d goods plural : something manufactured or produced for sale : wares, merchandise canned goods
e goods plural, British : freight
4 : good persons used with the
5 goods 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 or less commonly for good and all
: forever, permanently She's gone for good.
in good with
: in a favored position with
to the good
1 : for the best : beneficial efforts to restrict credit were all to the goodTime
2 : in a position of net gain or profit wound up $10 to the good

good

adverb

Definition of good (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : well he showed me how good I was doing— Herbert Gold
2 used as an intensive a good long time

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Other Words from good

Adjective

goodish \ ˈgu̇-​dish How to pronounce good (audio) \ adjective

Good vs. Well: Usage Guide

Adjective

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.

Good vs. Well: Usage Guide

Adverb

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 in a Sentence

Adjective You'll need better tools for this job. The car is in good condition. There are some good restaurants in this neighborhood. I'm afraid your work is just not good enough. Keep up the good work. “Would you hire her again?” “Yes, I would. She does good work.” The food was good but not great. He has done good but not outstanding work. Did you have a good time at the party? We're expecting good weather for the weekend. Noun the battle of good versus evil Teachers can be a strong force for good. the difference between good and bad They had to sacrifice lesser goods for greater ones. What is life's highest good? Parents must teach their children the difference between the good and the bad. She believes that the good go to heaven when they die and the bad go to hell. Only the good die young. She believes there is some good in everyone. Adverb Things have been going good lately. The team is doing good this year. “How did you hit the ball today?” “Good.” The other team whipped us good.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What else would be good, and warming, during a small, safe outdoor gathering? Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "5 food, beverage ideas to keep you warm as you (safely!) gather outside this winter," 5 Apr. 2021 Without Anthony Davis and LeBron James, how good will that chance be? Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Scoring difficulties reaching new levels: Takeaways from Lakers’ loss to Clippers," 5 Apr. 2021 If a story is good, his desire to tell it defeats any sense of self-preservation. Alex Barasch, The New Yorker, "Josh Thomas’s Comedy of Self-Diagnosis," 5 Apr. 2021 The running game hasn’t been very good this season, but Nelson remains its centerpiece. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Le’Raven Clark isn’t Anthony Castonzo but he’s a serviceable stopgap at left tackle," 5 Apr. 2021 Pompano are showing up, and the Spanish mackerel bite has been pretty good. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama’s Gulf State Park Pier partially reopens," 4 Apr. 2021 But clear communication is not something human beings are always good at. CBS News, "Agree to disagree: Achieving positive outcomes from conflict," 4 Apr. 2021 Foreigners are permitted to buy property, and health care is very good. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 of the Best Places to Retire in Europe," 4 Apr. 2021 Gamifying behavioral change isn’t all good, either. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Weight loss app Noom was ready for its pandemic moment," 3 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Idealist tries to do good and deal with topics of social relevance, but will also support companies driven by a higher purpose and strong CSR programs. Rafael Schwarz, Forbes, "Why It's Time For A Value-Based Influencer Typology," 5 Apr. 2021 And an infrastructure package that doesn’t pass won’t do anyone any good. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?," 4 Apr. 2021 What good did cash do, after all, in those early days when basics were nowhere to be found and aunties were cutting up bra straps and fitted bedsheets for elastic? Los Angeles Times, "How sewing masks for the vulnerable stitched together an empowering Facebook community," 3 Apr. 2021 So there is a huge amount of pressure to get things right and a huge amount of pressure to really do good for your community — all of that definitely adds up. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, "Asian American journalists on what it's like reporting on the pain in their community," 26 Mar. 2021 Chen Cao, the poetry-writing Shanghai police inspector in Qiu Xiaolong’s unique series, wants to do moral good in his public-service job, but his work is always subject to political correction. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: ‘Transient Desires’ Review," 26 Mar. 2021 In each case there was at least some reason to hope that the treatment might do some good. The Economist, "Finding what works Well conceived drug trials have saved hundreds of thousands of lives," 23 Mar. 2021 What good could the US do, Democrats asked (quite disingenuously), so long as Cuba was ruled by a reactionary monarchy that tolerated the barbaric trade? James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long?," 23 Mar. 2021 Jumping to conclusory prosecutions and firings does no good for anyone. Alicia Lai, Scientific American, "Prosecuting Asian American Scientists for Espionage Is a Shortsighted Strategy," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Without appropriate data, the experience/engagement layer is limited to a good-looking and slick design but not much substance behind the experience. Deba Sahoo, Forbes, "Data As A Key Enabler For Digital Transformation," 6 Apr. 2021 Those who claim credit for good-looking statistics may be setting themselves up for a boatload of blame if the numbers turn ugly. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: No, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ record on COVID-19 isn’t a success," 19 Mar. 2021 Many young people weren’t interested in putting money away when their good-paying jobs generated steady paychecks and there were nights out and new cars and clothes to be had — not when life was happening in the here and now! Michael Gruen, Forbes, "Why Young People Should Be Investing Right Now," 17 Mar. 2021 In a letter imploring Biden to withdraw the order, 17 Republican governors said the move will kill good-paying jobs and threaten America’s energy independence and national security. USA TODAY, "'We have to fight this together as one,' President Biden tells governors of pandemic response," 25 Feb. 2021 One showed a typical good-looking young guy in his underwear. New York Times, "Sam Hunt’s," 10 Mar. 2021 The only casting misstep is Schwarzenegger, who perfectly fits the arrogant, good-looking archetype but happens to look his actual age, which is 27. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "In Moxie, They Are Young Women, Hear Them (Nicely) Roar," 3 Mar. 2021 It’s one thing to pay to see a good-looking person on a silver screen. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: A COVID-19 casualty that's not so bad: Celebrity obsession," 21 Feb. 2021 The layers bake up sturdy: easy to work with, easy to cut, good-looking in a plain, wholesome way, very much like gingerbread, which might be its first cousin. New York Times, "A New Year’s Treat to Close Out a Difficult Year," 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of good

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for good

Adjective, Noun, and Adverb

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

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The first known use of good was before the 12th century

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good

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of high quality
: of somewhat high but not excellent quality
: correct or proper

good

noun

English Language Learners Definition of good (Entry 2 of 3)

: morally good forces or influences
: something that is right or good
: the pleasant things that happen to people

good

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of good (Entry 3 of 3)

informal
chiefly US : completely and thoroughly
used for emphasis before words like long and many

good

adjective
\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər \; best\ ˈbest \

Kids Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : better than average good work
2 : skillful a good dancer
3 : behaving well a good child
4 : pleasant sense 1, enjoyable We had a good time.
5 : healthful Eat a good breakfast.
6 : of a favorable character or tendency good news
7 : suitable for a use : satisfactory You need good light for reading.
8 : desirable sense 1, attractive He's looking for a good job.
9 : showing good sense or judgment good advice
10 : closely following a standard of what is correct or proper good manners
11 : reliable a good neighbor
12 : helpful, kind How good of you to wait!
13 : being honest and upright She comes from a good family.
14 : being at least the amount mentioned We waited a good hour.
15 : considerable I need a good deal more.
as good as
: almost The car I'm selling is as good as new.

good

noun

Kids Definition of good (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : welfare sense 1, benefit Homework is for your own good.
2 : the good part of a person or thing I believe there is good in all of us.
3 : something right or good Good will come of this.
4 goods plural : products that are made for sale canned goods
5 goods plural : personal property He sold all his worldly goods.

good

adjective
better; best

Legal Definition of good

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : commercially sound or reliable a good risk
2a : valid or effectual under the law
b : free of defects
3a : characterized by honesty and fairness
b : conforming to a standard of virtue shall hold their offices during good behaviorU.S. Constitution art. III also : characterized by or relating to good behavior

good

noun

Legal Definition of good (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : advancement of prosperity and well-being for the good of the community
2 : an item of tangible movable personal property having value but usually excluding money, securities, and negotiable instruments usually used in pl. : as
a plural : all things under section 2-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are movable at the time of identification to the contract for sale other than information, the money that is to be paid, investment securities, the subject matter of foreign exchange transactions, and choses in action
b plural : all things under section 9-102 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are movable at the time that a security interest in them attaches or that are fixtures but excluding money, documents, instruments, accounts, chattel paper, general intangibles, commercial tort claims, deposit accounts, investment property, letter-of-credit rights, letters of credit, and minerals or the like before extraction
consumer goods
: goods purchased primarily for personal, family, or household uses
durable goods
: consumer goods that last and are used for a number of years : durables
fungible goods
: goods of which any unit is by nature or by usage of trade the equivalent of any other like unit especially as defined by section 1-201 of the Uniform Commercial Code
future goods
: goods that are the subject of a contract but are not yet existing or specified
hard goods
: durable goods in this entry
household goods
: goods used in connection with the home specifically : furniture, furnishings, and personal effects used in a dwelling as defined by section 7-209 of the Uniform Commercial Code
mobile goods
: goods as formerly defined in section 9-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are mobile, are of a type (as vehicles) usually used in more than one jurisdiction, are not covered by a certificate of title, and are either the equipment of a debtor or inventory leased by a debtor
ordinary goods
: goods as formerly defined by section 9-103 of the Uniform Commercial Code that are anything other than those covered by a certificate of title, mobile goods, or minerals
producer goods
: goods (as tools and raw materials) used to produce other goods and satisfy human wants only indirectly
soft goods
: consumer goods that are not durable goods

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