good·​man | \ ˈgu̇d-mən How to pronounce goodman (audio) \

Definition of goodman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : the master of a household
2 archaic : mr.


biographical name
Good·​man | \ ˈgu̇d-mən How to pronounce Goodman (audio) \

Definition of Goodman (Entry 2 of 2)

Benjamin David 1909–1986 Benny Goodman American musician and bandleader

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Goodman saw problems with his frame and too much positivity. Hal Boedeker,, "'Dancing With the Stars' stuns again," 15 May 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goodman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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