Definitions

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

  • n. Success or good fortune.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An expression of good will when addressing someone, typically someone about to go on a journey or a daring endeavor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Success; prosperous journeying; -- a contraction of the phrase, “God speed you.”
  • n. Good speed; prosperity. See Godspeed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wish of success or prosperity; specifically, as a wish in behalf of another, a prosperous journey.

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

  • n. a successful journey

Etymologies

From Middle English God spede (you), may God prosper (you) : God, god; see god + spede, third person sing. present subjunctive of speden, to prosper (from Old English spēdan, from spēd, success; see speed).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English phrase God spede ("may God cause you to succeed"), from God ("god") + spede, subjunctive of speden ("to prosper"), from Old English spēdan, from spēd ("success") (see speed). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Godspeed" is not an autobiography, though Breedlove does call it a roman à clef.

    Boing Boing: July 28, 2002 - August 3, 2002 Archives

  • “Their expression of Godspeed sent shivers of pride down our spines,” Wyatt Butterfield would later say.

    Left to Die

  • House Speaker Dennis Hastert was told directly by the president on Saturday that this would be happening, and then this morning, I'm told by his aide that he says his mind is very focused on the men and women, the sailors, the soldiers, carrying out this mission, and he wishes them -- quote -- "Godspeed" -- John.

    CNN Transcript Oct 8, 2001

  • [[Image: Godspeed ship. jpg | right | Ship "Godspeed".]] '' 'Godspeed' '' is a word used to express a wish for God's blessing and success.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • One power is mine, — without hindrance, in freedom and in right, to say to Ellen's son, "Godspeed" to place Hester Stebbin's hand in his, and bid them forth to the sunrise, into glory of day!

    From Dane Kempton to Herbert Wace - Letter I

  • Once the "Godspeed" EP is finished in the coming months we'll have it available for download and start on a full length.

    Dart Adams presents Overcast

  • God decided to give us all another chance so O decided to call his EP "Godspeed".

    Dart Adams presents Overcast

  • Peggy McMahon wished Mr. Pandit "Godspeed" and blew him a kiss.

    Citi Investors Vent About Losses

  • Snarky Chris' story, "Godspeed," is up, as is another honorable mention poem from our contest, this one a haiku titled "Open."

    DKA Magazine Stats for November 2006

  • Though less mean and very sober, Lynn Breedlove still looks more or less like the kid on the cover of her novel, "Godspeed," with maybe a decade or two of seniority.

    Boing Boing: July 28, 2002 - August 3, 2002 Archives

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