good-na·​tured ˈgu̇d-ˈnā-chərd How to pronounce good-natured (audio)
: of a pleasant and cooperative disposition
good-naturedly adverb
good-naturedness noun
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amiable, good-natured, obliging, complaisant mean having the desire or disposition to please.

amiable implies having qualities that make one liked and easy to deal with.

an amiable teacher not easily annoyed

good-natured implies cheerfulness or helpfulness and sometimes a willingness to be imposed upon.

a good-natured girl who was always willing to pitch in

obliging stresses a friendly readiness to be helpful.

our obliging innkeeper found us a bigger room

complaisant often implies passivity or a yielding to others because of weakness.

was too complaisant to protest a decision he thought unfair

Examples of good-natured in a Sentence

the guests at the party were a good-natured bunch
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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of good-natured was in 1582

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“Good-natured.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of a pleasant cheerful disposition
good-naturedly adverb
good-naturedness noun

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