Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Good"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Good \Good\, a. [Compar. {Better}; superl. {Best}. These words,
though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are
from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS.
g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god,
Goth. g[=o]ds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and
akin to E. gather. [root]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 welcome. --Shak.

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 unto.

The men were very good unto us. --1 Sam. xxv.

4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be
relied upon; -- followed especially by for.

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 tailor.

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 unimpaired credit.

My reasons are both good and weighty. --Shak.

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. --Shak.

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 part, etc.

9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.

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.

{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 breeding.

{Good cheap}, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap.

{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

{Good fellow}, a person of companionable qualities.

{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 person.

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

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 vindicate.

Each word made good and true. --Shak.

Of no power to make his wishes good. --Shak.

I . . . would by combat make her good. --Shak.

Convenient numbers to make good the city. --Shak.

{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.

Note: 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Good \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, etc.

The good of the whole community can be promoted only
by advancing the good of each of the members
composing it. --Jay.

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. --Chaucer.

Thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice,
confiscate Unto the state of Venice. --Shak.

{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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Good \Good\, adv.
Well, -- especially in the phrase as good, with a following
as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage
or as little harm as possible.

As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.

{As good as}, in effect; virtually; the same as.

They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as
good as bid ye suppress yourselves. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Good \Good\, v. t.
1. To make good; to turn to good. [Obs.]

2. To manure; to improve. [Obs.] --Bp. Hall.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: having desirable or positive qualities especially those
suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the
hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good
she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for
cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table";
"a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior
paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the
office" [ant: {bad}]
2: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure";
"gives good measure"; "a good mile from here" [syn: {full}]
3: morally admirable [ant: {evil}]
4: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies
give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" [syn: {estimable},
{honorable}, {respectable}]
5: promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation
agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial
effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good
for her" [syn: {beneficial}]
6: superior to the average; "in fine spirits"; "a fine
student"; "made good grades"; "morale was good"; "had good
weather for the parade" [syn: {fine}]
7: agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good
8: of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just
cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the
nation is secure only while the nation is honest,
truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass [syn: {just},
{upright}, {virtuous}]
9: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept
in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a
good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient
engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer";
"the effect was achieved by skillful retouching" [syn: {adept},
{expert}, {practiced}, {proficient}, {skillful}, {skilful}]
10: thorough; "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good
11: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good
friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
[syn: {dear}, {near}]
12: having or showing or arising from a desire to promote the
welfare or happiness of others; "his benevolent smile";
"a benevolent nature" [syn: {benevolent}] [ant: {malevolent}]
13: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure
investment" [syn: {dependable}, {safe}, {secure}]
14: most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good
time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the
time is ripe for great sociological changes" [syn: {right},
15: resulting favorably; "its a good thing that I wasn't there";
"it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw
you"; "all's well that ends well" [syn: {well(p)}]
16: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective
immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law
is already in effect (or in force)" [syn: {effective}, {in
effect(p)}, {in force(p)}]
17: used of clothing; "my good clothes"; "her
Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes" [syn: {go-to-meeting(a)}, {Sunday},
18: feeling healthy and free of aches and pains; "I feel good"
[syn: {good(p)}]
19: capable of pleasing; "good looks"
20: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" [syn:
21: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have
one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body" [syn: {sound}]
22: tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to
health; "beneficial effects of a balanced diet"; "a good
night's sleep"; "the salutary influence of pure air"
[syn: {beneficial}, {salutary}]
23: not forged; "a good dollar bill"
24: not left to spoil; "the meat is still good" [syn: {unspoiled},
25: generally admired; "good taste"
n 1: benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"
2: moral excellence or admirableness: "there is much good to be
found in people" [syn: {goodness}] [ant: {evil}, {evil}]
3: that which is good or valuable or useful: "weigh the good
against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are
happiness and self-realization" [syn: {goodness}] [ant: {bad},
adv 1: (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or
satisfactory manner or to a high standard; "the
children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party
went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis";
"a well-planned party"; (`good' is a nonstandard
dialectal variant for `well' as in "the baby can walk
pretty good") [syn: {well}] [ant: {ill}]
2: in a complete and thorough manner; "he was soundly
defeated"; (`good' is used informally for `thoroughly' as
in "we beat him good") [syn: {thoroughly}, {soundly}]

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