good

adjective
\ ˈgu̇d How to pronounce good (audio) \
better\ ˈbe-​tər How to pronounce good (audio) \; best\ ˈbest How to pronounce good (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 statement a 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 praise his 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 intensive a good long time

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Other Words from good

Adjective

goodish \ ˈgu̇-​dish How to pronounce good (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 Sustainable farming is good for farmers' bottom lines and ensuring the land's viability for future generations. Jane Greenway Carr, CNN, 11 July 2021 For camps and visitors like me, that's a good thing. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2021 The All-Star break is coming up, which will be good for all of us. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 10 July 2021 Pete Lee just wants everyone to have a good time and is here for a nice, pleasant, humorous time. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Brad Paisley is fixing to remind you of those good old days and nights with his tour stop in West Palm Beach on Saturday. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 8 July 2021 So, these waves of data — which will only grow with 5G and other advances — must be a good thing, right? John Dillon, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The news wasn’t good for the San Francisco Unified School District as a whole either. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 Bourne, who plays with energy and excitement, said a change will be good for his career. oregonlive, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Learn about pollinators and how to increase their presence by introducing native plants, as well as the low down on honeybees--the good and the bad. courant.com, 9 July 2021 Essentially, Donegan seems to imply that our phones are now our malls — spaces doomed to fall short of our lofty hopes for commercial connectivity and supposed social good. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 Part of its job then is finding the startups that won’t necessarily win, but will at least make good on their loans. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 8 July 2021 The study shows that the bond market is no good at this, either. New York Times, 2 July 2021 Crime plummeted, the subways gleamed, homelessness was dealt with intelligently, control of the school system was returned to the city from Albany (though admittedly not much good was done with it). The Editors, National Review, 21 June 2021 What good is a jacket, after all, for someone who’s about to be on the run? John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 June 2021 What good will our high-tech vaccines be if not enough people will take them? Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, 12 June 2021 If a fighter with a 400-mile combat radius needs to travel only a couple hundred miles at most in order to reach a battle zone, what good is mid-air refueling? David Axe, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Eileen saw him sometimes on the bus, or crossing a street, his arm around one good-looking woman or another. Sally Rooney, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Then there are her season-long on-screen hookups with her professionally good-looking co-leads. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 25 June 2021 The text of the questions is clear and respectful, with no strategy of manipulation by convolution or flattery demeaning to a person as judicious, intelligent, and good-looking as me. David Hajdu, The New Yorker, 26 June 2021 The unit is made of cedar, a good-looking wood that is naturally resistant to outdoor perils such as water, rot and insects, for a long lasting, attractive addition. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 22 June 2021 As if La Encinas didn't have enough drama — and cough, ridiculously good-looking people — season 4 of Netflix's steamy Spanish teen series Elite introduces us to a handful of new faces at the prestigious Madrid private school. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 19 June 2021 The good-looking rapper and actor is a father of two girls. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 18 June 2021 Rewiring America's road map will create, among other things, as many as 25 million new, good-paying jobs at the peak of this effort to switch to clean energy. Martin Heinrich, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 To corral Covid supplies, said Ms. Peña, add a good-looking lift-top box to the entry table. Elizabeth Anne Hartman, WSJ, 28 May 2021

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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

adjective

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

good

adjective
\ 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.

good

adjective
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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