- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth."Love no man in good earnest." [Shak.]
- 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." Good measure, 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."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