Good (?), a. [Compar.
Better (?); superl. Best (?). These
words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good,
are from a different root.] [AS. Gōd, akin to D.
goed, OS. gōd, OHG. guot, G. gut,
Icel. gōðr, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth.
gōds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin
to E. gather. √29 Cf. Gather.]
1. Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to
answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness;
serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad,
corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold,
it was very good. Gen. i. 31.
Good company, good wine, good
2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue;
virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good
works. Tit. ii. 7.
3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful;
gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often
followed by to or toward, also formerly by
The men were very good unto us.
1 Sam. xxv. 15.
4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of
use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by
All quality that is good for anything is
founded originally in merit. Collier.
5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy;
-- followed especially by at.
He . . . is a good workman; a very good
Those are generally good at flattering who are
good for nothing else. South.
6. Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound;
not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for
the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of
My reasons are both good and
My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . .
that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases
in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in good earnest.
8. Not small, insignificant, or of no
account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a
good way, a good degree, a good share or
9. Not lacking or deficient; full;
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over. Luke vi. 38.
10. Not blemished or impeached; fair;
honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good
report, good repute, etc.
A good name is better than precious
ointment. Eccl. vii. 1.
As good as. See under As. --
For good, or For good and all,
completely and finally; fully; truly.
The good woman never died after this, till she came to
die for good and all. L'Estrange.
-- Good breeding, polite or polished
manners, formed by education; a polite education.
Distinguished by good humor and good
-- Good cheap, literally, good bargain;
-- Good consideration (Law).
(a) A consideration of blood or of natural love
and affection. Blackstone. (b) A
valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a contract. --
Good fellow, a person of companionable
qualities. [Familiar] -- Good folk, or
Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies, etc.
[Colloq. Eng. & Scot.] -- Good for nothing.
(a) Of no value; useless; worthless.
(b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless
My father always said I was born to be a good for
nothing. Ld. Lytton.
-- Good Friday, the Friday of Holy Week,
kept in some churches as a fast, in memoory of our Savior's passion
or suffering; the anniversary of the crucifixion. --
Good humor, or Good-humor, a
cheerful or pleasant temper or state of mind. -- Good
nature, or Good-nature, habitual
kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of
being in good humor.
The good nature and generosity which belonged
to his character. Macaulay.
The young count's good nature and easy
persuadability were among his best characteristics.
-- Good people. See Good folk
(above). -- Good speed, good luck; good
success; godspeed; -- an old form of wishing success. See
Speed. -- Good turn, an act of
kidness; a favor. -- Good will.
(a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly
feeling. (b) (Law) The custom of any
trade or business; the tendency or inclination of persons, old
customers and others, to resort to an established place of business;
the advantage accruing from tendency or inclination.
The good will of a trade is nothing more than
the probability that the old customers will resort to the old
place. Lord Eldon.
-- In good time. (a)
Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor too
late. (b) (Mus.) Correctly; in proper
time. -- To hold good, to remain true or
valid; to be operative; to remain in force or effect; as, his promise
holds good; the condition still holds good. --
To make good, to fulfill; to establish; to
maintain; to supply (a defect or deficiency); to indemmify; to prove
or verify (an accusation); to prove to be blameless; to clear; to
Each word made good and true.
Of no power to make his wishes
I . . . would by combat make her
Convenient numbers to make good the
-- To think good, to approve; to be pleased
or satisfied with; to consider expedient or proper.
If ye think good, give me my price; and if not,
forbear. Zech. xi. 12.
☞ Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much
used in greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good
night, good evening, good morning, etc.
Good (?), n. 1.
That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success,
welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind,
benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil.
There be many that say, Who will show us any
good ? Ps. iv. 6.
2. Advancement of interest or happiness;
welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm,
The good of the whole community can be promoted
only by advancing the good of each of the members composing
3. pl. Wares; commodities; chattels; -
- formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a
comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished
from land or real property. Wharton.
He hath made us spend much good.
Thy lands and goods Shak.
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Dress goods, Dry goods, etc.
See in the Vocabulary. -- Goods engine,
a freight locomotive. [Eng.] -- Goods
train, a freight train. [Eng.] -- Goods
wagon, a freight car [Eng.] See the Note under
Car, n., 2.