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noun (1)

: a usually married woman of lowly station
used as a title preceding a surname


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noun (2)

variants or goodie
plural goodies
: something that is particularly attractive, pleasurable, good, or desirable
chiefly British : one that is good
especially : an opponent of the villain (as in a motion picture)

Examples of goody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
And of course, baby Lang is already amassing her own envious lineup of fashion goodies, including baby Air Force One sneakers and mini Veert merch. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2023 Starving the public sector allows the affluent to purchase ever-larger cars, houses, and consumer goodies. Kim Phillips-Fein, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2023 Candy Sign Pumpkin Show trick-or-treaters where the goodies are (aka candy) with this spooky sign — perfect for the front porch. Annie O’Sullivan, Woman's Day, 18 Aug. 2023 Heck, Krispy Kreme and 7-Eleven both started offering pumpkin spice goodies earlier this month. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 Even after the goodies are long gone, hosts can slip the tin onto a bookshelf or coffee table. Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Aug. 2023 While food shopping, keep an eye out for all the seasonal goodies. Alyssa Girdwain, Women's Health, 11 Aug. 2023 The winners with the most votes earned prizes such as gift cards for the Five Below store teens seem to like so well and Avon Lake Library bags with some goodies inside. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 31 July 2023 Nvidia's stock is surging after reporting better-than-expected earnings, and the chipmaker had even more goodies for its investors. WSJ, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

alteration of goodwife

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1559, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goody was in 1559

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Cite this Entry

“Goody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural goodies
: something that is particularly good to eat or otherwise attractive

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