Webster 1913 Edition
Best. These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.]
Gōd, akin to D.
gōðr, Sw. & Dan.
gōds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E.
gather. √29 Cf.
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
Gen. i. 31.
Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; – said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of
Tit. ii. 7.
Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; – often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
The men were very
1 Sam. xxv. 15.
Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; – followed especially by for.
All quality that is
goodfor anything is founded originally in merit.
Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; – followed especially by at.
He . . . is a
goodworkman; a very
Those are generally
goodat flattering who are
goodfor nothing else.
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
My meaning in saying he is a
goodman is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in
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.
Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
Goodmeasure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.
Luke vi. 38.
Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
goodname is better than precious ointment
Eccl. vii. 1.
As good as.
For good, or
For good and all
completely and finally; fully; truly.
polite or polished manners, formed by education; a polite education.–
A consideration of blood or of natural love and affection.
A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a contract.–
a person of companionable qualities.
or Good people
fairies; brownies; pixies, etc.
[Colloq. Eng. & Scot.]–
Good for nothing.
Of no value; useless; worthless.
Used substantively, an idle, worthless person.–
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
a cheerful or pleasant temper or state of mind.–
Good humor man,
a travelling vendor who sells
Good Humorice-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.
Good nature, or
habitual kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of being in good humor.
good natureand generosity which belonged to his character.
good luck; good success; godspeed; – an old form of wishing success. See–
an act of kidness; a favor.–
Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling.
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.–
In good time.
Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor too late.
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.
made goodand true.
Of no power
to makehis wishes
I . . . would by combat–
To think good,
to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with; to consider expedient or proper.
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.
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
Ps. iv. 6.
Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; – opposed to harm, etc.
goodof the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the
goodof each of the members composing it.
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
Thy lands and
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
Unto the state of Venice.
Dry goods, etc.
See in the Vocabulary.–
a freight locomotive.
a freight train.
a freight car
[Eng.]See the Note under
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.
goodalmost 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 asbid ye suppress yourselves.
To make good; to turn to good.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Valid; legally firm; not weak or defective; having strength adequate to its support; as a good title; a good deed; a good claim.
2.Valid; sound; not weak, false or fallacious; as a good argument.
3.Complete or sufficiently perfect in its kind; having the physical qualities best adapted to its design and use; opposed to bad,imperfect, corrupted, impaired. We say, good timber, good cloth, a good soil, a good color.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and
behold, it was very good. Gen.1.
4.Having moral qualities best adapted to its design and use, or the qualities which God's law requires; virtuous; pious; religious; applied to persons, and opposed to bad, vitious, wicked, evil.
Yet peradventure for a good man some would
even dare to die. Rom.5.
5.Conformable to the moral law; virtuous; applied to actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works.
6.Proper; fit; convenient; seasonable; well adapted to the end. It was a good time to commence operations. He arrived in good time.
7.Convenient; useful; expedient; conducive to happiness.
It is not good that the man should be alone. Gen.2.
8.Sound; perfect; uncorrupted; undamaged. This fruit will keep good the whole year.
9.Suitable to the taste or to health; wholesome; salubrious; palatable; not disagreeable or noxious; as fruit good to eat; a tree good for food. Gen.2.
10. Suited to produce a salutary effect; adapted to abate or cure; medicinal; salutary; beneficial; as, fresh vegetables are good for scorbutic diseases.
11. Suited to strengthen or assist the healthful functions; as, a little wine is good for a weak stomach.
12. Pleasant to the taste; as a good apple.
My son, eat thou honey, because it is good, and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste. Prov.24.
13. Full; complete.
The protestant subjects of the abbey make up a good third of its people.
14. Useful; valuable; having qualities or a tendency to produce a good effect.
All quality, that is good for any thing,is originally founded on merit.
15. Equal; adequate; competent. His security is good for the amount of the debt; applied to persons able to fulfill contracts.
Antonio is a good man.
16. Favorable; convenient for any purpose; as a good stand for business; a good station for a camp.
17. Convenient; suitable; safe; as a good harbor for ships.
18. Well qualified; able; skillful; or performing duties with skill and fidelity; as a good prince; a good commander; a good officer; a good physician.
19. Ready; dexterous.
Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else.
20. Kind; benevolent; affectionate; as a good father; good will.
21. Kind; affectionate; faithful; as a good friend.
22. Promotive of happiness; pleasant; agreeable; cheering; gratifying.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Ps.133.
23. Pleasant or prosperous; as, good morrow, Sir; good morning.
24. Honorable; fair; unblemished; unimpeached; as a man of good fame or report.
A good name is better than precious ointment.
25. Cheerful; favorable to happiness. Be of good comfort.
26. Great or considerable; not small nor very great; as a good while ago; he is a good way off, or at a good distance; he has a good deal of leisure; I had a good share of the trouble. Here we see the primary sense of extending, advancing.
27. Elegant; polite; as good breeding.
28. Real; serious; not feigned.
Love not in good earnest.
29. Kind; favorable; benevolent; humane.
The men were very good to us. 1 Sam.25.
30. Benevolent; merciful; gracious.
Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are
of a clean heart. Ps.73.
31. Seasonable; commendable; proper.
Why trouble ye the woman, for she hath
wrought a good work on me. Matt.26.
32. Pleasant; cheerful; festive.
We come in a good day. 1 Sam.25.
33. Companionable; social; merry.
It is well known, that Sir Roger had been a good fellow in his youth.
34. Brave; in familiar language. You are a good fellow.
35. In the phrases, the good man, applied to the master of the house,and good woman, applied to the mistress, good sometimes expresses a moderate degree of respect, and sometimes slight contempt. Among the first settlers of New England, it was used as a title instead of Mr.; as Goodman Jones; Goodman Wells.
36. The phrase good will is equivalent to benevolence; but it signifies also an earnest desire, a hearty wish, entire willingness or fervent zeal; as, we entered into the service with a good will; he laid on stripes with a good will.
37. Comely; handsome; well formed; as a good person or shape.
38. Mild; pleasant; expressing benignity or other estimable qualities; as a good countenance.
39. Mild; calm; not irritable or fractious; as a good temper.
40. Kind; friendly; humane; as a good heart or disposition.
Good advice, wise and prudent counsel.
Good heed, great care; due caution.
In good south, in good truth; in reality.
To make good, to perform; to fulfill; as, to make good one's word or promise; that is to make it entire or unbroken.
1.To confirm or establish; to prove; to verify; as, to make good a charge or accusation.
2.To supply deficiency; to make up a defect or loss. I will make good what is wanting.
3.To indemnify; to give an equivalent for damages. If you suffer loss, I will make it good to you.
4.To maintain; to carry into effect; as, to make good a retreat.
To stand good, to be firm or valid. His word or promise stands good.
To think good, to see good, is to be pleased or satisfied; to think to be expedient.
If ye think good, give me my price. Zech.11.
As good as, equally; no better than; the same as. We say, one is as good as dead. Heb.11.
As good as his word, equaling in fulfillment what was promised; performing to the extent.
There are many that say, who will show us any good. Ps.4.
1.Welfare; prosperity; advancement of interest or happiness. He labored for the good of the state.
The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it.
2.Spiritual advantage or improvement; as the good of souls.
3.Earnest; not jest.
The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all.
The phrase, for good and all, signifies, finally; to close the whole business; for the last time.
4.Moral works; actions which are just and in conformity to the moral law or divine precepts.
Depart from evil, and do good. Ps.34.
5.Moral qualities; virtue; righteousness.
I find no good in this man.
6.The best fruits; richness; abundance.
I will give you the good of the land. Gen.45.
In replies, good signifies well; right; it is satisfactory; I am satisfied. I will be with you to morrow; answer, good, very good. So we use well, from the root of L. valeo, to be strong.