Good a. [Compar. Better superl. Best These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.]
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. 15.
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. --Shak.
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. --Shak.
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. 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 breeding. --Macaulay.
-- 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 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 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 humor man, a travelling vendor who sells Good Humor ice-cream (or some similar ice-cream) from a small refrigerated truck; he usually drives slowly through residential neighborhoods in summertime, loudly playing some distinctive recorded music to announce his presence. [U. S.]
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. --Hawthorne.
-- 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 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. 12.
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.
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.
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.
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. --Milton.
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.
Good, v. t.
1. To make good; to turn to good. [Obs.]
2. To manure; to improve. [Obs.]
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,
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,
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: feeling healthy and free of aches and pains; "I feel good"
18: capable of pleasing; "good looks"
19: appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" [syn:
20: in excellent physical condition; "good teeth"; "I still have
one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body" [syn: sound]
21: 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]
22: not forged; "a good dollar bill"
23: not left to spoil; "the meat is still good" [syn: unspoiled,
24: 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 (`good' is a
nonstandard dialectal variant for `well'); "the
children behaved well"; "a task well done"; "the party
went well"; "he slept well"; "a well-argued thesis";
"a well-planned party"; "the baby can walk pretty
good" [syn: well] [ant: ill]
2: in a complete and thorough manner (`good' is sometimes used
informally for `thoroughly'); "he was soundly defeated";
"we beat him good" [syn: thoroughly, soundly]
[also: better, best]