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.

Definitions of good
  1. 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”
    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
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    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, abysmal, atrocious, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable, vile
    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
    icky, lousy, rotten, 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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  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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
  5. adjective
    promoting or enhancing well-being
    “the experience was good for her”
    synonyms: beneficial
    advantageous
    giving an advantage
  6. adjective
    agreeable or pleasing
    “we all had a good time”
    good manners”
    Synonyms:
    nice
    pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
  7. adjective
    capable of pleasing
    good looks”
    Synonyms:
    pleasing
    giving pleasure and satisfaction
  8. adjective
    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
  9. adjective
    appealing to the mind
    good music”
    synonyms: serious
    intellectual
    appealing to or using the intellect
  10. adjective
    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
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    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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  11. adjective
    of moral excellence
    “a genuinely good person”
    synonyms: just, upright
    righteous
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
  12. adjective
    deserving of esteem and respect
    “ruined the family's good name”
    synonyms: estimable, honorable, respectable
    reputable
    having a good reputation
  13. adjective
    with or in a close or intimate relationship
    “a good friend”
    synonyms: dear, near
    close
    close in relevance or relationship
  14. adjective
    generally admired
    good taste”
    Synonyms:
    discriminating
    showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste
  15. adjective
    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
  16. adjective
    financially sound
    “a good investment”
    synonyms: dependable, safe, secure
    sound
    financially secure and safe
  17. adjective
    not left to spoil
    “the meat is still good
    synonyms: undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoilt
    fresh
    recently made, produced, or harvested
  18. noun
    benefit
    “for your own good
    “what's the good of worrying?”
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    common good, commonweal, weal
    the good of a community
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    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  19. noun
    moral excellence or admirableness
    “there is much good to be found in people”
    synonyms: goodness
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    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
  20. 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”
    synonyms: goodness
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    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
  21. 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 baby can walk pretty good
    synonyms: well
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    badly, ill, poorly
    (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well
  22. adjective
    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
  23. adjective
    thorough
    “had a good workout”
    “gave the house a good cleaning”
    Synonyms:
    complete
    having every necessary or normal part or component or step
  24. adverb
    completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')
    “we beat him good
    synonyms: soundly, thoroughly
  25. adjective
    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
  26. adjective
    not forged
    “a good dollar bill”
    synonyms: honest
    echt, genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
  27. noun
    articles of commerce
    synonyms: commodity, trade good
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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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