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ˈgʊd məngood·man

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Goodman, Benny Goodman, Benjamin David Goodman, King of Swingnoun

    United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)


  1. goodmannoun

    A familiar appellation of civility.

  2. goodmannoun

    A husband; the master of a house or family.

  3. Etymology: From godeman, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Goodmannoun

    Etymology: good and man.

    Help ho! murther! murther!
    —— How now, what’s the matter? part.
    —— With you, goodman boy, if you please: come, I’ll flesh ye. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Are you my wife, and will not call me husband? My men should call me lord: I am your goodman. William Shakespeare.

    Nay, hear your goodman delver. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    But see the sun-beams bright to labour warn,
    And gild the thatch of goodman Hodge’s barn. John Gay, Past.

    Old goodman Dobson of the green,
    Remembers he the trees has seen. Jonathan Swift.


  1. goodman

    A Goodman, in general definition, is a man who is respected because he is considered to be morally good or a diligent person in performing his role, job, or task. The term may also be used as a last name in various cultures. In some contexts, it can refer to the man of the house or the head of the household.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Goodmannoun

    a familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to "My friend", "Good sir", "Mister;" -- sometimes used ironically

  2. Goodmannoun

    a husband; the master of a house or family; -- often used in speaking familiarly

  3. Etymology: [Good + man]


  1. Goodman

    Goodman is a town in Holmes County, Mississippi. The population was 1,252 at the 2000 census. Goodman was settled in 1860; first chartered on November 16, 1865; and rechartered on March 5, 1878. The town is named for Walter Goodman. Goodman is the birthplace of John A. Lomax, pioneering folklorist, and David Herbert Donald, Pulitzer-prize-winning historian.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Goodman is ranked #451 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Goodman surname appeared 73,136 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 25 would have the surname Goodman.

    78.3% or 57,287 total occurrences were White.
    15.8% or 11,577 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 1,777 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 1,346 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 731 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 417 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Goodman in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Goodman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Goodman in a Sentence

  1. Bill Barr:

    Officials who are elected and answer press questions while they're in office, even if those questions relate to their personal activity, and could bear upon their personal fitness, is in fact in the course of federal employment, and can be therefore certified under the Westfall Act, president Trump knows that I told the truth when I said that President Trump had sexually assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman. President Trump also knows that President Trump was lying when Bill Barr said that President Trump had never met me before and that I' wasn't President Trump type,'.

  2. Spokane Police Department:

    The investigation showed in 20 minutes Goodman had traveled the roughly 1.5 miles from jail to the incident location in Browne’s Addition and robbed the juvenile victim.

  3. Adam Goodman:

    Adam Goodman, Adam Goodman said this case was different than the woman who made headlines last week after a United Airlines flight refused her request to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight. This was n’t a giant peacock that could pose a danger to other passengers. This was a tiny cute harmless hamster that could fit in the palm of her hand.

  4. Doug Hawkins:

    The pediatric cancer research community depends upon the hard work of advocates, like Nancy Goodman and Mark Miller, to make sure the voice of children with cancer is represented in the federal budget and to increase the incentives for new drug development for pediatric oncology through regulatory requirements.

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