\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce better (audio) \; best\ ˈbest How to pronounce best (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 statementa 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 praisehis 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 intensivea good long time

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Other Words from good

Adjective

goodish \ ˈgu̇-​dish How to pronounce goodish (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 That was it, and that's not good enough – especially against your principle rival in this league. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "Takeaways: FC Cincinnati's rebuild took a 3-0 gut-punch from Columbus Crew SC," 8 Sep. 2020 That both keeps points off the board and puts more pressure on the (very good) defense. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "The one glaring weakness for each of these 9 Super Bowl contenders," 8 Sep. 2020 Those like Freedom Debt Relief that have operated for many years often have good working relationships with creditors, which can help in negotiations. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Are you financially stressed right now? What to know about options, from debt negotiation to bankruptcy," 8 Sep. 2020 Giovanna has always been a good student but lately has started slipping. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Making Order of the Breakdown," 8 Sep. 2020 Pettine still has good players like nose tackle Kenny Clark and double-digit sack edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions stack up against every team in NFC North," 7 Sep. 2020 Switch up the dressing and accompaniments with whatever sounds good or needs using up. Washington Post, "Smashed Vegetables With Grains and Citrus-Soy Sauce," 7 Sep. 2020 Garcia-Flores said his detention was shortened by authorities under a Philippine law that allows the reduction of prison terms for good conduct. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Philippine leader pardons US Marine in transgender killing," 7 Sep. 2020 But, anyone who's found The One knows that a good bra is essential to feeling and looking great. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, "How to Measure Your Bra Size and Find the Right Fit for You," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While Nagy might still have a fair amount of good will banked from that 12-4 campaign, last year's 8-8 team displayed several alarming signs of regression, including finishing 29th in both total yards and points. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL coach hot seat rankings: Matt Patricia, Adam Gase already on notice ahead of Week 1," 8 Sep. 2020 Chadwick was a singular force whose King T’Challa showed the world the power of good and the meaning of loyalty and friendship. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Anthony and Joe Russo Say Chadwick Boseman Was 'Determined to Use His Talents in Ways That Impacted'," 29 Aug. 2020 There’s not a whole lot of good to take away from an eight-point loss that delivered a 2-1 series deficit, so this will have to do. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Los Angeles Lakers overwhelm Portland Trail Blazers, take 2-1 lead in NBA playoff series: The good, the bad, the biggest issue," 23 Aug. 2020 The fact that a man would turn down his power out of the good for his own country is what makes Washington extraordinary. courant.com, "My favorite American patriot," 20 Aug. 2020 New Harmony is known as a site for social experiments in utopia in the 1800s, and Big Car has partnered on a multiyear project that emphasizes the town's history and pursuit of social good. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Fall is usually packed with plays and concerts. Here's what you can safely do this year.," 20 Aug. 2020 The truth lies between these two statements; while the compound can do a lot of good for some people, companies have taken advantage of the misinformation that surrounds the compound, making exaggerated statements that have no scientific proof. Maria Loreto, chicagotribune.com, "All the answers to the most common CBD questions," 14 Aug. 2020 Frierson still sees a lot of good within the walls of the housing projects. Brian Melley, Star Tribune, "55 years after riots, Watts neighborhood still bears scars," 10 Aug. 2020 Councilman Jeremy Whittaker put the effort in terms of social good. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Mesa takes step toward bridging 'digital divide' for public elementary school students," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Louisa’s aunt broadcast her kind disposition by constantly tilting her head to one side, crinkling her eyes, and compressing her mouth, as if to savor all the good-tasting mirth trapped inside. Susan Choi, The New Yorker, "Flashlight," 31 Aug. 2020 At a time when unemployment is skyrocketing, saddling these individuals with criminal records — something that can restrict a person from a good-paying job — is completely counterproductive. Nila Bala, Star Tribune, "Protesters shouldn't be saddled with criminal records," 27 Aug. 2020 Suspects were identified, while others are just happy the good-natured ribbing is back after a hiatus. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "The curious case of Alexander Rossi's tire-less golf cart: IndyCar drivers weigh in on paddock pranks," 21 Aug. 2020 Where a good-paying job is the floor, not the ceiling. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Full text: Kamala Harris: "We have a chance to change the course of history"," 20 Aug. 2020 Rosen has talent, and there’s still a market for this former first-round pick, who has looked good early. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Time to set higher expectations for this year’s Dolphins. Here are 20. | Commentary," 18 Aug. 2020 There was a very small BMW that magically divested itself of six good-sized, glamorous young men with perfect manicures and not a single wrinkle in their couture. Juliet Pierson, ExpressNews.com, "Essay: Selena mural transforms a blank wall into a selfie hotspot on Hildebrand in San Antonio," 11 Aug. 2020 Hardy was good-humored about being remembered mostly for his slender connection to Ted Williams. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Carroll Hardy, Athlete With a Unique Distinction, Dies at 87," 13 Aug. 2020 Cadillac plans to top its rivals by offering a better overall package beyond just a good-looking car, Carlisle said. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM reveals all-electric Lyriq SUV critical to Cadillac's future," 6 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'good.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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
\ 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.
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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