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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Good
  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.

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.

Etymology: AS. Gōd, akin to D. goed, OS. gōd, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. gōðr, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. gōds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather. √29 Cf. Gather

noun Good
  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.]
adverb Good
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.
verb Good
  1. To make good; to turn to good.(Obs)
  2. To manure; to improve.(Obs)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Articles of commerce
  2. Moral excellence or admirableness ("there is much good to be found in people")
  3. That which is pleasing or valuable or useful ("weigh the good against the bad" and "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization")
  4. Benefit ("for your own good" and "what's the good of worrying?")
  5. Promoting or enhancing well-being ("the experience was good for her")
  6. Having the normally expected amount ("gives good measure" and "a good mile from here")
  7. With or in a close or intimate relationship ("a good friend")
  8. Thorough ("had a good workout" and "gave the house a good cleaning")
  9. Generally admired ("good taste")
  10. Exerting force or influence ("a warranty good for two years")
  11. Resulting favorably ("it's a good thing that I wasn't there" and "it is good that you stayed")
  12. Not left to spoil ("the meat is still good")
  13. Not forged ("a good dollar bill")
  14. 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", and "a good dress for the office")
  15. Morally admirable
  16. Tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health ("a good night's sleep")
  17. In excellent physical condition ("good teeth" and "I still have one good leg")
  18. Appealing to the mind ("good music")
  19. Agreeable or pleasing ("we all had a good time" and "good manners")
  20. Most suitable or right for a particular purpose ("a good time to plant tomatoes")
  21. Capable of pleasing ("good looks")
  22. Deserving of esteem and respect ("ruined the family's good name")
  23. Of moral excellence ("a genuinely good person")
  24. Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude ("a good mechanic")
  25. Financially safe ("a good investment")
  26. (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 baby can walk pretty good")
  27. Completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly') ("we beat him good")

From Middle English good, from Old English gōd, from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”). Related to gather.

Cognate with Scots guid (“good”), Saterland Frisian goud (“good”), West Frisian goed (“good”), Dutch goed (“good”), German Low German good (“good”), German gut (“good”), Danish, Norwegian and Swedish god (“good”), Icelandic góður (“good”), Lithuanian guõdas (“honor”), Old Church Slavonic годъ (godŭ, “pleasing time”) and годенъ (godenŭ, “fitting, suitable”), Sanskrit गद्य (gádhya, “fitting, suitable”).

Not related to the word god.

From Middle English goode (“good, well”, adverb), from the adjective. Compare Dutch goed (“good, well”, adverb), German gut (“good, well”, adverb), Danish godt (“good, well”, adverb), Swedish godt (“good, well”, adverb), all from the adjective.

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 *gōdą (“goods, belongings”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, *gʰodʰ- (“to unite, be associated, suit”). Compare German Gut (“item of merchandise; estate; property”).

  1. (uncountable) The forces or behaviors that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.
  2. (countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.
  3. (uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.
    The best is the enemy of the .
  4. (countable, usually in the plural) An item of merchandise.

From Middle English goden, godien, from Old English gōdian (“to improve, get better; make better; endow, enrich”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdōną (“to make better, improve”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdaz (“good, favourable”).

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.

    good was also found in the following language(s): Dutch Low Saxon, Limburgish, and Middle English

    Notable Persons Named Good

    Good Witch of the South is an immortal, unuman witch, protector of oz, ruler of the quadling country, protector of princess ozma, princess of oz, and quadling country. Good is also known as Stella, Glinda, the Good Fairy, Galinda Upland, Splenda, the Good Witch, Stella (1939), (The Wizard of the Emerald City), the Good Fairy (1971), (Journey Back to Oz), Galinda Upland (1996), (Wicked), Splenda (2007), (The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's), the Goo.


    Good Witch of the North is a ruler of the gillikin country and gillikin country. Good is also known as Locasta, Tattypoo, Queen Orin, Villina, Addaperle, Miss One, Splenda the Sweet But Non-Fattening Fairy, Witch of the North, Gert, Locasta (1902), (Stage play), Queen Orin (1928), (The Giant Horse of Oz), Villina (1939), (The Wizard of the Emerald City), A.


    Good Rockin' Charles was a chicago blues and electric blues list of harmonicists, singing, and songwriter. He plays Harmonica and Human voice. He was most active from 1950 to 1950. Good was given the name Henry Lee Bester on March 4th, 1933 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Good is also known as Charles Edwards, Bester, and Henry Lee. He left this life on May 17th, 1989.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Good

    Meagan Good is an actress. She was most active from 1991 to present. Meagan was given the name Meagan Monique Good on August 8th, 1981 in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.


    John the Good was royalty. He was most prominent from 1350 to 1364. John was born as the child of Philip VI of France and Joan the Lame on April 26th, 1319 in Le Mans, France. He passed away on April 8th, 1364.


    Sarah Good is a housewife. Sarah was given the name Sarah Solart on July 21st, 1653 in Wenham, Massachusetts.


    Philip the Good was royalty. He was most prominent from 1419 to 1467. Philip was born as the child of John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria on July 31st, 1396 in Dijon. He left this life on June 15th, 1467.


    Carolynne Poole is a pop, country, and country music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 1998. Carolynne was given the name Carolynne Good on August 5th, 1980 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.


    Sandra Good is a criminal.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Good U.S.
      White 88.90% 64.26%
      African American 5.48% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.15% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.62% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Good

    People with the last name Good are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Good

    • How Popular is the name Good? As a last name Good was the 981st most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Good first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Good is Sunday, September 17th, 1882.
    • How unique is the name Good? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Good. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Good: Your name in reverse order is Doog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ogod. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Good? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,446 people with the last name Good.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Good? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Good as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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