\ 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 Pessimist: The Padres beat the confidence out of them in the playoffs by using them historically — and not in a good way. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres’ remarkable 2020 turnaround debated by optimist, pessimist," 10 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, the return wasn’t good because the interest rate was so high. Scott Burns Dallas Morning News, Star Tribune, "Remember when you could save money without big risks? Here's one reason that ended," 10 Oct. 2020 Forecasters urged those in south Alabama to have a good way to get severe weather warnings overnight just in case. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Delta to bring rain, wind, tornado threat to Alabama starting today," 9 Oct. 2020 More than 43,000 Amazon shoppers love this portable pleaser, pointing out its long battery life, which is good for up to 24 hours. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The best Amazon deals to shop for October 2020," 9 Oct. 2020 Gaming peripherals aren’t just good for entertainment—they’re great for your work from home setup as well. Eve Sneider, Wired, "A Superspreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News," 9 Oct. 2020 And as long as the broader economy continues to improve, that's good for big banks, too. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Biden wants to undo Trump's tax cuts. Wall Street is backing him anyway," 9 Oct. 2020 However, besides not being good for your blood pressure, that is not the best control method. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The pretty pest eating your garden right now," 9 Oct. 2020 But even though this is a burger place — and the burgers are good — the main event is really the over-the-top deserts. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Funnel cake fries and burgers: Here's what to try at Gilbert's new nerd-themed restaurant," 8 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Writing from a fan’s perspective on something as detailed as this didn’t do me any good. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "This Alabama musician’s best song is actually a book," 12 Oct. 2020 Initially, there was an uncertainty of whether masks would do any good, so the public was told not to use them yet, because the health care and other frontline workers needed to be the first priority. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Facebook unfriending causes family fued," 2 Oct. 2020 Initially, there was an uncertainty of whether masks would do any good, so the public was told not to use them yet, because the health care and other frontline workers needed to be the first priority. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Social media move led to family squabble," 2 Oct. 2020 But that technological wizardry won’t do any good unless the community is on board with the testing program, says Dr. Louise Laurent, one of the directors of the UCSD effort. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD and SDSU awarded $10M to bring COVID-19 testing to underserved communities," 2 Oct. 2020 There would be no mastectomy because surgery would do no good. Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, "My Friend Has Stage IV Breast Cancer. Here Are Some Things She Wishes You Knew," 1 Oct. 2020 Similar to Who Gives a Crap, Reel uses its profits to do good. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Stay stocked up on toilet paper with these delivery services," 29 Sep. 2020 Each of the 30 individuals featured on the Lay’s chip bags was nominated by his or her community for inspiring acts of service and some of these extraordinary givers reside and do good right here in North Texas. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, "New Lay’s snack bags feature inspiring D-FW community members in support of Operation Smile," 23 Sep. 2020 Here, 15 of the most efficient and overall best vacuum cleaners to keep your home sparkling, and stubborn pet hair off your couch for good. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The Best Vacuums, According to People with Pets and Kids," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Typically good-humored and affable, on this Thursday morning, Robbins seemed a little testy and impatient. Charles Fishman, The Atlantic, "16 Weeks and 5 Days at the University of Arizona," 1 Oct. 2020 Greenberg didn’t let the rare moment of levity go, bringing McElroy in at the end of the interview to react to Saban’s good-humored ribbing. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Greg McElroy warns about Nick Saban not being jovial, then Alabama coach delivers from top rope," 18 Aug. 2020 Former deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who oversaw economic development and affordable housing for Mr. de Blasio’s administration for five years, said the rezoning would have brought capital investment and good-paying jobs to Sunset Park. Emma Tucker, WSJ, "Major Brooklyn Redevelopment Proposal Withdrawn After Local Backlash," 23 Sep. 2020 This is an important first step toward removing barriers to access, streamlining the funding process and expanding opportunities for good-paying jobs for the people and communities that need them most. Frank Altman Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "How to even financing odds for women- and minority-owned companies," 20 Sep. 2020 Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the GOP would work to create 10 million good-paying jobs. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House Republican agenda: 'Rebuild the greatest economy in American history'," 15 Sep. 2020 Many left behind homes, possessions and good-paying jobs. courier-journal.com, "JUSTICE IN MY TOWN - OLD GUARD," 15 Sep. 2020 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

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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Time Traveler for good

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

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/good. Accessed 27 Oct. 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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