goodness

play
noun good·ness \ˈgu̇d-nəs\

Definition of goodness

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being good

  2. 2 —used interjectionally or in phrases especially to express mild surprise or shock oh, my goodness ! goodness knows

  3. 3 :  the nutritious, flavorful, or beneficial part of something

Examples of goodness in a Sentence

  1. Even if you don't agree, at least have the goodness to be polite!

  2. a person of such unaffected goodness that his friends were inspired to lead better lives

Recent Examples of goodness from the Web

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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of goodness

before 12th century



GOODNESS Defined for Kids

goodness

play
noun good·ness \ˈgu̇d-nəs\

Definition of goodness for Students

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being good Vegetables have natural goodness.

  2. 2 :  excellence of morals and behavior My grandparents Hiddle were … full up to the tops of their heads with goodness and sweetness … — Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up goodness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!