beneficial, good

(adjective) promoting or enhancing well-being; “an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries”; “the beneficial effects of a temperate climate”; “the experience was good for her”

full, good

(adjective) having the normally expected amount; “gives full measure”; “gives good measure”; “a good mile from here”

dear, good, near

(adjective) with or in a close or intimate relationship; “a good friend”; “my sisters and brothers are near and dear”


(adjective) thorough; “had a good workout”; “gave the house a good cleaning”


(adjective) generally admired; “good taste”

effective, good, in effect, in force

(adjective) exerting force or influence; “the law is effective immediately”; “a warranty good for two years”; “the law is already in effect (or in force)”

good, well

(adjective) resulting favorably; “it’s a good thing that I wasn’t there”; “it is good that you stayed”; “it is well that no one saw you”; “all’s well that ends well”

good, unspoiled, unspoilt

(adjective) not left to spoil; “the meat is still good”

good, honest

(adjective) not forged; “a good dollar bill”


(adjective) 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”; “a good dress for the office”


(adjective) morally admirable

good, salutary

(adjective) tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health; “beneficial effects of a balanced diet”; “a good night’s sleep”; “the salutary influence of pure air”

good, sound

(adjective) in excellent physical condition; “good teeth”; “I still have one good leg”; “a sound mind in a sound body”

good, serious

(adjective) appealing to the mind; “good music”; “a serious book”


(adjective) agreeable or pleasing; “we all had a good time”; “good manners”

good, right, ripe

(adjective) most suitable or right for a particular purpose; “a good time to plant tomatoes”; “the right time to act”; “the time is ripe for great sociological changes”


(adjective) capable of pleasing; “good looks”

estimable, good, honorable, respectable

(adjective) deserving of esteem and respect; “all respectable companies give guarantees”; “ruined the family’s good name”

good, just, upright

(adjective) of moral excellence; “a genuinely good person”; “a just cause”; “an upright and respectable man”

adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful

(adjective) having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; “adept in handicrafts”; “an adept juggler”; “an expert job”; “a good mechanic”; “a practiced marksman”; “a proficient engineer”; “a lesser-known but no less skillful composer”; “the effect was achieved by skillful retouching”

dependable, good, safe, secure

(adjective) financially safe; “a good investment”; “a secure investment”

well, good

(adverb) (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 children behaved well”; “a task well done”; “the party went well”; “he slept well”; “a well-argued thesis”; “a well-seasoned dish”; “a well-planned party”; “the baby can walk pretty good”

thoroughly, soundly, good

(adverb) completely and absolutely (‘good’ is sometimes used informally for ‘thoroughly’); “he was soundly defeated”; “we beat him good”

commodity, trade good, good

(noun) articles of commerce

good, goodness

(noun) moral excellence or admirableness; “there is much good to be found in people”

good, goodness

(noun) that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; “weigh the good against the bad”; “among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization”


(noun) benefit; “for your own good”; “what’s the good of worrying?”



(adjective) wise or advantageous and hence advisable; “it would be well to start early”

good, well

(adjective) resulting favorably; “it’s a good thing that I wasn’t there”; “it is good that you stayed”; “it is well that no one saw you”; “all’s well that ends well”


(adjective) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury; “appears to be entirely well”; “the wound is nearly well”; “a well man”; “I think I’m well; at least I feel well”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


good (comparative better, superlative best)

(of people)

Acting in the interest of what is beneficial, ethical, or moral.

Competent or talented.

Able to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; of unimpaired credit; used with for.

Well-behaved (especially of children or animals).

(US) Satisfied or at ease

(archaic) Of high rank or birth.

(of capabilities)

Useful for a particular purpose; functional.


(obsolete) Real; actual; serious.

(properties and qualities)

(of food)

Edible; not stale or rotten.

Having a particularly pleasant taste.

Being satisfying; meeting dietary requirements.


Pleasant; enjoyable.


Unblemished; honourable.

Beneficial; worthwhile.

Adequate; sufficient; not fallacious.

(colloquial, when with and) Very, extremely. See good and.

Holy (especially when capitalized) .

(of quantities)

Reasonable in amount.

Large in amount or size.

Full; entire; at least as much as.

Usage notes

The comparative gooder and superlative goodest are nonstandard.

In informal (often jocular) contexts, best may be inflected further and given the comparative bester and the superlative bestest; these forms are also nonstandard.


• (having positive attributes): not bad, all right, satisfactory, decent, see also good

• (healthful): well

• (competent or talented): accomplished

• (acting in the interest of good; ethical): See goodness


• (having positive attributes): bad, poor

• (ethical): bad, evil



That is good; an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.

Etymology 2


good (comparative better, superlative best)

(nonstandard) Well; satisfactorily or thoroughly.

Etymology 3


good (countable and uncountable, plural goods)

(uncountable) The forces or behaviours that are the enemy of evil. Usually consists of helping others and general benevolence.

Antonyms: bad, evil

(countable) A result that is positive in the view of the speaker.

Antonym: bad

(uncountable) The abstract instantiation of goodness; that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.

(countable, usually, in the plural) An item of merchandise.

Etymology 4


good (third-person singular simple present goods, present participle gooding, simple past and past participle gooded)

(intransitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To thrive; fatten; prosper; improve.

(transitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To make good; turn to good; improve.

(intransitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To make improvements or repairs.

(intransitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To benefit; gain.

(transitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To do good to (someone); benefit; cause to improve or gain.

(transitive, now, chiefly dialectal) To satisfy; indulge; gratify.

(reflexive, now, chiefly dialectal) To flatter; congratulate oneself; anticipate.

Etymology 5


good (third-person singular simple present goods, present participle gooding, simple past and past participle gooded)

(transitive, now, chiefly dialectal, Scotland) To furnish with dung; manure; fatten with manure; fertilise.

Proper noun


A surname.

An unincorporated community in West Virginia

Source: Wiktionary

Good, a. [Compar. Better; superl. Best. These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.] Etym: [AS. God, akin to D. goed, OS. god, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. goedhr, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. gods; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather. sq. root29 Cf. Gather.]

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. As good as. See under As.

– For good, or For good and all, completely and finally; fully; truly. The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all. L'Estrange.

– Good breeding, polite or polished manners, formed by education; a polite education. Distinguished by good humor and good breeding. Macaulay.

– Good cheap, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap.

– Good consideration (Law). (a) A consideration of blood or of natural love and affection. Blackstone. (b) A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a contract.

– Good fellow, a person of companionable qualities. [Familiar] -- Good folk, or Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies, etc. [Colloq. Eng. & Scot.] -- Good for nothing. (a) Of no value; useless; worthless. (b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless person. My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing. Ld. Lytton.

– Good Friday, 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 Good-humor, a cheerful or pleasant temper or state of mind.

– Good nature, or Good-nature, habitual kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of being in good humor. The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character. Macaulay. The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics. Hawthorne.

– Good people. See Good folk (above).

– Good speed, good luck; good success; godspeed; -- an old form of wishing success. See Speed.

– Good turn, an act of kidness; a favor.

– Good will. (a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling. (b) (Law) 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. The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place. Lord Eldon.

– In good time. (a) Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor too late. (b) (Mus.) 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. Each word made good and true. Shak. Of no power to make his wishes good. Shak. I . . . would by combat make her good. Shak. Convenient numbers to make good the city. Shak.

– To think good, to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with; to consider expedient or proper. If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. Zech. xi. 12.

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.

Good, n.

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.

Definition: 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. Wharton. 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. Dress goods, Dry goods, etc. See in the Vocabulary.

– Goods engine, a freight locomotive. [Eng.] -- Goods train, a freight train. [Eng.] -- Goods wagon, a freight car [Eng.] See the Note under Car, n., 2.

Good, adv.

Definition: 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. As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Milton. As good as, in effect; virtually; the same as. They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves. Milton.

Good, v. t.

1. To make good; to turn to good. [Obs.]

2. To manure; to improve. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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