Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor: a good experience; good news from the hospital.
  • adj. Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing: a good exterior paint; a good joke.
  • adj. Serving the desired purpose or end; suitable: Is this a good dress for the party?
  • adj. Not spoiled or ruined: The milk is still good.
  • adj. In excellent condition; sound: a good tooth.
  • adj. Superior to the average; satisfactory: a good student.
  • adj. Used formerly to refer to the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
  • adj. Of high quality: good books.
  • adj. Discriminating: good taste.
  • adj. Worthy of respect; honorable: ruined the family's good name.
  • adj. Attractive; handsome: good looks.
  • adj. Beneficial to health; salutary: a good night's rest.
  • adj. Competent; skilled: a good machinist.
  • adj. Complete; thorough: a good workout.
  • adj. Reliable; sure: a good investment.
  • adj. Valid or true: a good reason.
  • adj. Genuine; real: a good dollar bill.
  • adj. In effect; operative: a warranty good for two years; a driver's license that is still good.
  • adj. Able to continue in a specified activity: I'm good for another round of golf.
  • adj. Able to pay or contribute: Is she good for the money that you lent her?
  • adj. Able to elicit a specified reaction: He is always good for a laugh.
  • adj. Ample; substantial: a good income.
  • adj. Bountiful: a good table.
  • adj. Full: It is a good mile from here.
  • adj. Pleasant; enjoyable: had a good time at the party.
  • adj. Propitious; favorable: good weather; a good omen.
  • adj. Of moral excellence; upright: a good person.
  • adj. Benevolent; kind: a good soul; a good heart.
  • adj. Loyal; staunch: a good Republican.
  • adj. Well-behaved; obedient: a good child.
  • adj. Socially correct; proper: good manners.
  • adj. Sports Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play: The first serve was wide, but the second was good.
  • adj. Sports Passing between the uprights of the goal and therefore scoring, as a field goal in football.
  • adj. Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay: Good heavens! Good grief!
  • n. Something that is good.
  • n. A good, valuable, or useful part or aspect.
  • n. Welfare; benefit: for the common good.
  • n. Goodness; virtue: There is much good to be found in people.
  • n. Commodities; wares: frozen goods.
  • n. Portable personal property.
  • n. Fabric; material.
  • n. Slang Incriminating information or evidence: tried to get the goods on the crook.
  • adv. Informal Well.
  • idiom as good as Practically; nearly: as good as new.
  • idiom but good Informal Used as an intensive: The pipe started to leak but good.
  • idiom for good Permanently; forever: I'm moving to Europe for good.
  • idiom good and Informal Very; thoroughly: I'll do it when I'm good and ready.
  • idiom no good Informal Worthless.
  • idiom no good Informal Futile; useless: It's no good arguing with them.
  • idiom to the good For the best; advantageous.
  • idiom to the good In an advantageous financial position: ended up to the good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting in the interest of good; ethical.
  • adj. Useful for a particular purpose; functional.
  • adj. Of food, edible; not stale or rotten.
  • adj. Of food, having a particularly pleasant taste.
  • adj. Of food, being satisfying; meeting dietary requirements.
  • adj. Healthful.
  • adj. Pleasant; enjoyable.
  • adj. Of people, competent or talented.
  • adj. Effective.
  • adj. Favourable.
  • adj. Beneficial; worthwhile.
  • adj. With "and", extremely.
  • adj. Holy.
  • adj. Reasonable in amount.
  • adj. Large in amount or size.
  • adj. Entire.
  • interj. That is good: an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.
  • adv. Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.
  • n. The forces or behaviors that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
  • n. A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
  • n. The abstract instantiation of something qualified by the adjective
  • n. An item of merchandise.
  • v. To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.
  • v. To make good; turn to good; improve.
  • v. To make improvements or repairs.
  • v. To benefit; gain.
  • v. To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.
  • v. To satisfy; indulge; gratify.
  • v. To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.
  • v. To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions.
  • adj. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
  • adj. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
  • adj. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
  • adj. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
  • 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.
  • n. That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil.
  • n. Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To make good; to turn to good.
  • transitive v. To mature; to improve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Serving as a means to a desired end or a purpose; suited to need or requirement; fit; suitable; serviceable; advantageous; beneficial; profitable.
  • Satisfactory in kind, quantity, quality, or degree
  • Adequate; sufficient; without shortcoming or defect; thorough: as, to give good security; to take good heed.
  • Suitable in state or condition; sufficient in character or capacity; competent; qualified; fit: as, he is good, or his credit is good, for the sum required; a horse good for five years' service.
  • Of full measure or amount; reckoned to the utmost limit; without abatement; full; complete: as, a good bushel; it is a good day's journey from here.
  • Considerable; more than a little; rather large, great, long, or the like: as, a good way off; a good deal.
  • Not a counterfeit or imitation; real; genuine; hence, actual; serious: as, a good dollar; in good earnest.
  • Competent; skilful; dexterous; handy; clever; apt: as, a good lawyer; a good workman; a good oarsman; to be good at riming.
  • Possessing or characterized by moral excellence; free from evil or wickedness; virtuous; righteous; pure: applied to persons, or to their nature, conduct, thoughts, etc.: as, a good man; good conduct; good thoughts.
  • Kind; friendly; gracious; hence, humane; merciful; benevolent; as, a good old soul; to do one a good turn; good nature.
  • Fair; untarnished; honorable; becoming a virtuous person; as, a good nature.
  • Worthy: used in complimentary speech or address, as in good sir, good madam, my good man, etc.
  • Practically the same as; on the verge of being or becoming, or in an equivalent state to being.
  • In effect; by clear implication: practically: as, he as good as promised it to me.
  • Considerable rapidity: used elliptically as an adverb.
  • To confirm or establish; prove; verify: as, to make good a charge or an accusation.
  • To provide or supply; make up: as, I will make good what is wanting.
  • To supply an equivalent for; make up for: as, if you suffer loss, I will make it good to you.
  • To maintain; defend; preserve intact.
  • To carry into effect; succeed in making; or effecting; as, to make good a retreat.
  • n. That which is desirable, or is an object of desire.
  • n. That which has worth or desirable qualities, and is or may be made advantageous or beneficial; whatever is adapted and conduces to happiness, advantage, benefit, or profit; that which contributes to pleasure, or is a source of satisfaction; a good thing, state, or condition.
  • n. Advantage: benefit; profit; satisfaction: opposed to evil, harm, etc.: as, it does me good to hear you laugh; it will do no good; hence, welfare; well-being; advancement of interest or happiness: as, to labor for the common good.
  • n. A personal possession; a thing, or things collectively, belonging to one.
  • n. plural Movable effects or personal chattels; articles of portable property, as distinguished from money, lands, buildings, ships, rights in action, etc.: as, household goods.
  • n. Specifically plural Articles of trade; commodities; wares; merchandise.
  • n. A piece of dry-goods; a textile fabric; cloth of any kind: as, will these goods (that is, this piece of goods) wash ?
  • n. A full ending or conclusion; a closing act; a finality: only in the phrase for good, or for good and all.
  • Well.
  • That is good: an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.
  • To make good.
  • To manure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of pleasing
  • adj. generally admired
  • adj. with or in a close or intimate relationship
  • adj. morally admirable
  • adj. having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
  • adj. most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  • n. moral excellence or admirableness
  • adj. not left to spoil
  • n. articles of commerce
  • adj. tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  • adj. financially sound
  • adj. in excellent physical condition
  • adj. thorough
  • adj. having the normally expected amount
  • adj. agreeable or pleasing
  • n. that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  • adv. completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
  • adj. not forged
  • adj. exerting force or influence
  • adj. having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  • adv. (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')
  • adj. deserving of esteem and respect
  • adj. promoting or enhancing well-being
  • adj. resulting favorably
  • n. benefit
  • adj. of moral excellence
  • adj. appealing to the mind

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English gōd; see ghedh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English good, from Old English gōd ("good, virtuous, desirable, favorable, salutary, pleasant, valid, efficient, suitable, considerable, sufficiently great"), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz (“good”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”). Cognate with Scots guid ("good"), West Frisian goed ("good"), Dutch goed ("good"), Low German god ("good"), German gut ("good"), Danish and Swedish god ("good"), Icelandic góður ("good"), Lithuanian guõdas ("honor"), Albanian dial. hut ("good, fit, appropriate"), Old Church Slavonic годъ (godŭ, "pleasing time") and годенъ (godenŭ, "fitting, suitable"), Sanskrit गद्य (gádhya, "fitting, suitable"). Related to gather. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English goode ("good, well", adv), from the adjective. Compare Dutch goed ("good, well", adv), German gut ("good, well", adv), Danish godt ("good, well", adv), Swedish godt ("good, well", adv), all from the adjective. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English good, god, from Old English gōd ("a good thing, advantage, benefit, gift; good, goodness, welfare; virtue, ability, doughtiness; goods, property, wealth"), from Proto-Germanic *gōdan (“goods, belongings”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, *gʰodʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English goden, godien, from Old English gōdian ("to improve, get better; make better; endow, enrich"), from Proto-Germanic *gōdōnan (“to make better, improve”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz (“good, favourable”). (Wiktionary)
From English dialectal, from Middle English *goden, of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish göda ("to fatten, fertilise, battle"), Danish gøde ("to fertilise, battle"), ultimately from the adjective. See above. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I could be assured just seeing his logo that the editors thought the book was good enough to shuck out the bucks for *good* cover art, at least.

    seanan_mcguire: A book by its cover.

  • I think he may have taken it as me suggesting that our program wasn't good enough, and by extension that I thought I was *too good*, which wasn't the case at all- I simply wanted my undergrads to have the chance to work with different people, and perhaps to work with MA programs better known to the doctoral programs they'd next apply to.

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Anyway, I said, “Maddux is a good guy…..good luck”.

    IGD: Padres @ Diamondbacks (19 Aug 08)

  • I'm generally not good at remembering that I like things that are *good*.

    Bespoke Perfumes? Perfume in the Glossies March 2008.

  • October 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm i love their quilts! getting the back right while quilting is hard to do. i am sure that after some love, washings, shrinking, and dragging that the puckers will just fade away. good luck on the next one. even though i have a lot of mistakes in my first quilt, i still love to look at it. welcome to a whole new world my friend…..good luck

    Polka Dot Cottage: My first quilt!

  • Kant's analysis of commonsense ideas begins with the thought that the only thing good without qualification is a ˜good will™.

    Kant's Moral Philosophy

  • ˜God is good to us™ understanding of God's goodness is ruled out on this approach: for the notion of ˜good to us™ is a normative notion.

    Theological Voluntarism

  • VERY IMPORTANT: In order for us to have a good Congress, it is terribly important to help to keep the * good* people in office.

    An Activist's Toolkit: Creative Strategies, Ideas, Links, Quotes and More for Beating the System!

  • # Isabelon 12 May 2009 at 2:11 am good good… this post deserves a reply : :P …

    Mmmmm… Bacon « Whatever

  • You tend to be more critical in your reviews than I am, and I mean that in a good way as you give really thorough reviews, so I was suprised to see that most of your books fell into the good+ categories.

    Neth Space

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    December 20, 2009

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    December 18, 2009

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    I'm fine, thank you. Bilby, I think I will start calling you "brillby." Because you're brilliant.

    December 18, 2009

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    December 17, 2009

  • HaHa! Brilliant, 'by. Glad you asked that, 'zuzu.

    December 15, 2009

  • How does one tell? I'm losing weight and gaining grey hair, puzzled by ants and unable to read fiction without succumbing to I'm-not-wasting-time-on-this pique by page 100. I feel my efforts to make tempeh have been disasters. I'm underemployed and overpaid. I'm fretting about whether the balcony plants will die while I'm away shortly. For some reason I woke up this morning with the taste of candied walnuts in my mouth and I've never eaten them. I'm terrified by phones. I left the windows slightly ajar during the weekend cyclone (supposed to release pressure and prevent windows being blown out) and now my bedroom carpet is sodden and smells like the athletic supporters of dead sheep. I don't think a round desk would make me any more productive, or happier, but it would be more rounded than my current desk. I haven't met any Sumatran tigers lately. Yesterday I bought a little bag that has 'You are freer than whether to use with what kind of use' written on it. I feel very fit and can run further than I have ever run in my life. If only I knew what I was running from.
    How do you do-zuzu, ruzuzu?

    December 15, 2009

  • Why, hello bilby. How are you?

    December 15, 2009

  • It's a form of exuberudgeon.

    December 14, 2009

  • My reply to that question always, 'zuzu, is 'Exuberant'. I feel better just saying it, and it usually gets the questioner feeling better too. Try it sometime, even if it's not entirely true at the time. It's almost self-prophesising. Let me promote to you Exuberance Thinking

    December 14, 2009

  • Ru, it's more the case that hello became a short way of saying "How do you do?" some eighty years ago. And, I'm told, in good British society, the proper reply to "How do you do?" is "How do you do?": it's a polite formal greeting, not a question about the state of one's well-being. But today, the polite way to respond to the greeting, "How are you?" is, as you say, "Fine, thanks." But "Good, thanks," works too, meaning, "the present condition of my life is good, i.e. it's nothing for you to worry about, but thanks for showing even this formal interest."

    December 14, 2009

  • My solution is to reply with "Fine, thanks. How are you?" Then I can gauge the other person's usage. Besides--how often does someone give a real reply to that question? Hasn't it become a slightly longer hello?

    December 14, 2009

  • I get more picky when responding to the questions "How's it going" or "How are you doing" -- doing good is very different from doing well, just like smelling good is very different from smelling well.

    December 14, 2009

  • Well . . .

    December 14, 2009

  • "Well", while correct, is so unnatural--in North American speech, at least--that I feel awkward teaching my students to say it in reply to "How are you?", going so far as to try to avoid the question altogether.

    December 14, 2009

  • So when you greet someone thus, and their reply is "Good.", you upbraid them for them grammar?

    December 14, 2009

  • Often used incorrectly, such as when used as a response to the question "How are you?"

    December 14, 2009

  • Ie a euphemism for drunk.

    December 24, 2008

  • Mr Stickle, who was alone, had dined with his customary excess of wisdom, and was feeling, in the transatlantic sense of the expression, good. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008