good

We all know what good means as an adjective––pleasing, favorable, nice. But did you know that good is also a noun, meaning something that can be sold? This means a shopkeeper’s ideal is to have really good goods.

Good comes from an old German root for gathering, and in its original sense it means that something fits well. If something is good for you, it fits you well, or is healthy for you to eat. A long walk through a crowded city is good for someone who likes people-watching, but if you are a misanthrope and you hate people, that wouldn't be so good. If food has spoiled, it’s no longer good.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: good

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adjnadv
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
benefit
(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')
2
adjadv
having the normally expected amount
completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
3
adj
exerting force or influence
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n
articles of commerce
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: good
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adj 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”
Synonyms
best
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
better
(comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another
favorable, favourable
encouraging or approving or pleasing
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
very good
good enough
adequately good for the circumstances
goodish
moderately good of its kind
hot
very good; often used in the negative
redeeming
compensating for some fault or defect
acceptable, satisfactory
meeting requirements
solid
characterized by good substantial quality
superb
surpassingly good
well behaved, well-behaved
(usually of children) someone who behaves in a manner that the speaker believes is correct
obedient
dutifully complying with the commands or instructions of those in authority
respectable
characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
Antonyms:
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities
worst
(superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
worse
(comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
unfavorable, unfavourable
not encouraging or approving or pleasing
abominable, atrocious, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
exceptionally bad or displeasing
corked, corky
(of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin
deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry
bad; unfortunate
fearful, frightful
extremely distressing
hard, tough
unfortunate or hard to bear
hopeless
(informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform
horrid
exceedingly bad
crappy, icky, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky
very bad
ill
distressing
incompetent, unskilled
not doing a good job
mediocre
poor to middling in quality
naughty
badly behaved
negative
having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
poor
unsatisfactory
pretty
(used ironically) unexpectedly bad
no-good, rubber
returned for lack of funds
severe
very bad in degree or extent
swingeing
severe; punishingly bad
uncool
(spoken slang) unfashionable and boring
unfavorable, unfavourable
not favorable
unsuitable
not conducive to good moral development
evil
morally bad or wrong
disobedient
not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
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adj most suitable or right for a particular purpose

“a good time to plant tomatoes”
Synonyms:
right, ripe
opportune
suitable or at a time that is suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose

adj in excellent physical condition

good teeth”
“I still have one good leg”
Synonyms:
sound
healthy
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease

adj tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

“a good night's sleep”
Synonyms:
salutary
healthful
conducive to good health of body or mind

adj promoting or enhancing well-being

“the experience was good for her”
Synonyms:
beneficial
advantageous
giving an advantage

adj agreeable or pleasing

“we all had a good time”
good manners”
Synonyms
nice
pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance

adj capable of pleasing

good looks”
Synonyms
pleasing
giving pleasure and satisfaction

adj having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

“a good mechanic”
Synonyms:
adept, expert, practiced, proficient, skilful, skillful
skilled
having or showing or requiring special skill

adj appealing to the mind

good music”
Synonyms:
serious
intellectual
appealing to or using the intellect

adj morally admirable

Synonyms
angelic, angelical, beatific, sainted, saintlike, saintly
marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
goody-goody
affectedly or smugly good or self-righteous
redeeming, redemptive, saving
bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
white
benevolent; without malicious intent
moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
right
in conformance with justice or law or morality
righteous
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
virtuous
morally excellent
worthy
having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable
Antonyms:
evil
morally bad or wrong
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities
atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous
shockingly brutal or cruel
bad
characterized by wickedness or immorality
black, dark, sinister
stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable
corruptive, perversive, pestiferous
tending to corrupt or pervert
demonic, diabolic, diabolical, fiendish, hellish, infernal, satanic, unholy
extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
despicable, slimy, ugly, unworthy, vile, worthless, wretched
morally reprehensible
devilish, diabolic, diabolical, mephistophelean, mephistophelian
showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
evil-minded
having evil thoughts or intentions
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
offensive
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
unrighteous
not righteous
wicked
morally bad in principle or practice
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adj of moral excellence

“a genuinely good person”
Synonyms:
just, upright
righteous
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice

adj deserving of esteem and respect

“ruined the family's good name”
Synonyms:
estimable, honorable, respectable
reputable
having a good reputation

adj with or in a close or intimate relationship

“a good friend”
Synonyms:
dear, near
close
close in relevance or relationship

adj generally admired

good taste”
Synonyms
discriminating
showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste

adj resulting favorably

“it's a good thing that I wasn't there”
“it is good that you stayed”
Synonyms:
well
fortunate
having unexpected good fortune

adj financially sound

“a good investment”
Synonyms:
dependable, safe, secure
sound
financially secure and safe

adj not left to spoil

“the meat is still good
Synonyms:
undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt
fresh
recently made, produced, or harvested

n benefit

“for your own good
“what's the good of worrying?”
Types:
common good, commonweal
the good of a community
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

n moral excellence or admirableness

“there is much good to be found in people”
Synonyms:
goodness
Antonyms:
evil, evilness
the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
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kindness
the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
beneficence
the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
benignancy, benignity, graciousness
the quality of being kind and gentle
moral excellence, virtue, virtuousness
the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
virtue
a particular moral excellence
saintliness
the quality of resembling a saint
summum bonum
the supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived
generosity, generousness
the trait of being willing to give your money or time
benevolence
an inclination to do kind or charitable acts
free grace, grace, grace of God
(Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God
loving-kindness
tender kindness motivated by a feeling of affection
considerateness, consideration, thoughtfulness
kind and considerate regard for others
cardinal virtue
one of the seven preeminent virtues
Type of:
morality
concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct

n 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”
Synonyms:
goodness
Antonyms:
bad, badness
that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
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worthiness
the quality or state of having merit or value
desirability, desirableness
the quality of being worthy of desiring
benefit, welfare
something that aids or promotes well-being
better
something superior in quality or condition or effect
better
the superior one of two alternatives
optimum
most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
soundness, wisdom, wiseness
the quality of being prudent and sensible
deservingness, merit, meritoriousness
the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)
laudability, laudableness, praiseworthiness
the quality of being worthy of praise
quotability
the quality of being worthy of being quoted
roadworthiness
(of motor vehicles) the quality of being fit to drive on the open road
advantage, reward
benefit resulting from some event or action
interest, sake
a reason for wanting something done
advisability
the quality of being advisable
reasonableness
goodness of reason and judgment
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

adv (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
Synonyms:
well
Antonyms:
badly, ill, poorly
(`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
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adj having the normally expected amount

“gives good measure”
“a good mile from here”
Synonyms:
full
ample
more than enough in size or scope or capacity

adj thorough

“had a good workout”
“gave the house a good cleaning”
Synonyms
complete
having every necessary or normal part or component or step

adv completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')

“we beat him good
Synonyms:
soundly, thoroughly
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adj exerting force or influence

“a warranty good for two years”
Synonyms:
effective, in effect, in force
operative
being in force or having or exerting force

adj not forged

“a good dollar bill”
Synonyms:
honest
echt, genuine
not fake or counterfeit
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n articles of commerce

Synonyms:
commodity, trade good
Types:
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basic, staple
(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
consumer goods
goods (as food or clothing) intended for direct use or consumption
drygoods, soft goods
textiles or clothing and related merchandise
entrant
a commodity that enters competition with established merchandise
export, exportation
commodities (goods or services) sold to a foreign country
fancy goods
goods that are chiefly ornamental
fungible
a commodity that is freely interchangeable with another in satisfying an obligation
future
bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
import, importation
commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country
merchandise, product, ware
commodities offered for sale
middling
any commodity of intermediate quality or size (especially when coarse particles of ground wheat are mixed with bran)
shopping
the commodities purchased from stores
sporting goods
sports equipment sold as a commodity
worldly good, worldly possession
a commodity or good associated with the earthly, rather than the spiritual, existence of human beings
salvage
property or goods saved from damage or destruction
cargo, consignment, freight, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment
goods carried by a large vehicle
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
contraband
goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
consumer durables, durable goods, durables
consumer goods that are not destroyed by use
fashion
consumer goods (especially clothing) in the current mode
feature
an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
generic
any product that can be sold without a brand name
foodstuff, grocery
(usually plural) consumer goods sold by a grocer
haberdashery, men's furnishings
the drygoods sold by a haberdasher
ironmongery
the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
irregular, second
merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
business line, line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
a particular kind of product or merchandise
number
an item of merchandise offered for sale
oil future, petroleum future
petroleum bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
refill
a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents
release
merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
dreck, schlock, shlock
merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
software package, software product
merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
soybean future
soybeans bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
inventory, stock
the merchandise that a shop has on hand
top of the line
the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
wheat future
wheat bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
household linen, white goods
drygoods for household use that are typically made of white cloth
piece goods, yard goods
merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole
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