What does good mean?

Definitions for good

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word good.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goodnoun


    "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"

  2. good, goodnessnoun

    moral excellence or admirableness

    "there is much good to be found in people"

  3. good, goodnessnoun

    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"

  4. commodity, trade good, goodadjective

    articles of commerce

  5. goodadjective

    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"

  6. full, goodadjective

    having the normally expected amount

    "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here"

  7. goodadjective

    morally admirable

  8. estimable, good, honorable, respectableadjective

    deserving of esteem and respect

    "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name"

  9. beneficial, goodadjective

    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"

  10. goodadjective

    agreeable or pleasing

    "we all had a good time"; "good manners"

  11. good, just, uprightadjective

    of moral excellence

    "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"

  12. adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilfuladjective

    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"

  13. goodadjective


    "had a good workout"; "gave the house a good cleaning"

  14. dear, good, nearadjective

    with or in a close or intimate relationship

    "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear"

  15. dependable, good, safe, secureadjective

    financially sound

    "a good investment"; "a secure investment"

  16. good, right, ripeadjective

    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"

  17. good, well(p)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"

  18. effective, good, in effect(p), in force(p)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)"

  19. goodadjective

    capable of pleasing

    "good looks"

  20. good, seriousadjective

    appealing to the mind

    "good music"; "a serious book"

  21. good, soundadjective

    in excellent physical condition

    "good teeth"; "I still have one good leg"; "a sound mind in a sound body"

  22. good, salutaryadjective

    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"

  23. good, honestadjective

    not forged

    "a good dollar bill"

  24. good, undecomposed, unspoiled, unspoiltadjective

    not left to spoil

    "the meat is still good"

  25. goodadverb

    generally admired

    "good taste"

  26. well, goodadverb

    (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"

  27. thoroughly, soundly, goodadverb

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

    "he was soundly defeated"; "we beat him good"


  1. Good

    In most contexts, the concept of good denotes the conduct that should be preferred when posed with a choice between possible actions. Good is generally considered to be the opposite of evil. The concept is of interest in the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, and the specific meaning and etiology of the term and its associated translations among ancient and contemporary languages has varied substantially in its inflected meaning depending on circumstances of place, history, religious context, or philosophical context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Good

    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

  2. Good

    possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions

  3. Good

    kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto

  4. Good

    serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for

  5. Good

    clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at

  6. Good

    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

  7. Good

    real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth

  8. Good

    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. Good

    not lacking or deficient; full; complete

  10. Good

    not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc

  11. Goodnoun

    that which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil

  12. Goodnoun

    advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm, etc

  13. Goodnoun

    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

  14. Goodadverb

    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

  15. Goodverb

    to make good; to turn to good

  16. Goodverb

    to manure; to improve

  17. Etymology: [AS. Gd, akin to D. goed, OS. gd, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. gr, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. gds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather. 29 Cf. Gather.]


  1. Good

    In economics, a good is a material that satisfies human wants and provides utility, for example, to a consumer making a purchase. A common distinction is made between 'goods' that are tangible property and services, which are non-physical. Commodities may be used as a synonym for economic goods but often refer to marketable raw materials and primary products. Although in economic theory, all goods are considered tangible, in reality certain classes of goods, such as information, only are in intangible forms. For example, among other goods an apple is a tangible object, while news belongs to an intangible class of goods and can be perceived only by means of an instrument such as print, broadcast or computer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Good

    good, adj. having qualities, whether physical or moral, desirable or suitable to the end proposed: promoting success, welfare, or happiness: virtuous: pious: kind: benevolent: proper: fit: competent: satisfactory: sufficient: valid: sound: serviceable: beneficial: real: serious, as in 'good earnest:' not small, considerable, as in 'good deal:' full, complete, as in 'good measure:' unblemished, honourable, as in 'good name:'—comp. bett′er; superl. best.—n. that which promotes happiness, success, &c.—opp. to Evil: prosperity: welfare: advantage, temporal or spiritual: moral qualities: virtue: (B.) possessions: (pl.) household furniture: movable property: merchandise (in composition, the equivalent of U.S. freight).—interj. well! right!—adv. well.—ns. Good′-breed′ing, polite manners formed by a good breeding or education; Good′-broth′er (Scot.), a brother-in-law.—n. or interj. Good′-bye, contracted from 'God be with you:' farewell, a form of address at parting.—adj. Good′-condi′tioned, being in a good state.—ns. or interjs. Good′-day, a common salutation, a contraction of 'I wish you a good day;' Good′-den, a corruption of good-e'en; Good′-e'en, Good′-ēv′en, Good′-ēve′ning, a salutation on meeting or parting in the evening.—adj. Good′-faced (Shak.), having a handsome face.—ns. Good′-fell′ow, a jolly or boon companion: a reveller; Good′-fell′owship, merry or pleasant company: conviviality.—n.pl. Good′-folk, a euphemism for the fairies, of whom it is best to speak respectfully.—adj. Good′-for-noth′ing, worthless, useless.—n. an idle person.—ns. Good′-Frī′day, a fast in memory of our Lord's crucifixion, held on the Friday of Passion-week; Good′-hū′mour, a cheerful temper, from the old idea that temper depended on the humours of the body.—adj. Good′-hū′moured.—adv. Good′-hū′mouredly.—n. Good′iness, weak, priggish, or canting goodness.—adj. Good′ish, pretty good, of fair quality or quantity.—interj. Good′-lack, an expression of surprise or pity—a variation of 'Good Lord,' under the influence of alack.—n. Good′liness.—adv. Good′ly (Spens.), excellently, kindly.—adj. good-like: good-looking: fine: excellent:—comp. Good′lier; superl. Good′liest.—ns. Good′lyhead (Spens.), goodness; Good′lyhood, grace; Goodman′ (B.), the man or master of the house—the correlative to it is Goodwife′.—ns. and interjs. Good′-morn′ing, Good′-morr′ow, a salutation at meeting in the morning.—n. Good′-nā′ture, natural goodness and mildness of disposition.—adj. Good′-nā′tured.—adv. Good′-nā′turedly.—n. Good′ness, virtue: excellence: benevolence: a term of emphasis, as in 'For goodness' sake;' 'Oh, goodness!'—n. and interj. Good′-night, a common salutation, a contraction of 'I wish you a good night.'—interj. Good′-now, an exclamation of wonder, surprise, or entreaty.—ns. Goods′-en′gine, an engine used for drawing goods-trains; Good′-sense, sound judgment; Good′-speed, a contraction of 'I wish you good speed;' Goods′-train, a train of goods wagons.—adj. Good′-tem′pered, possessing a good temper.—ns. Good′-wife, the mistress of a family; Good′-will, benevolence; well-wishing: the established custom or popularity of any business or trade—often appearing as one of its assets, with a marketable money value; Good′y, good-wife: good-woman: probably formed from good-wife.—adj. Good′y, mawkishly good: weakly benevolent or pious—also Good′y-good′y.—n. a sweetmeat.—Good for anything, ready for any kind of work; Goodman's croft, a strip of ground, or corner of a field, once left untilled in Scotland, to avert the malice of the devil from the crop.—Good Templar, a member of a temperance society founded in the United States in 1852, and introduced into England in 1868, its organisation modelled on that of the Freemasons, with lodges, passwords and grips, and insignia.—As good as, the same as, no less than; Be as good as one's word, to be depended on; For good, For good and all, finally, in conclusion, to end the whole matter; Make good, to fulfil, perform; Stand good, to be lastingly good: to remain; Think good, to be disposed, to be willing. [A.S. gód; closely akin to Dut. goed, Ger. gut, Ice. góðr, Goth. gods.]

Editors Contribution

  1. good


    It is good news they are getting married on the day they choose.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  
  2. good

    Positive and loving feedback, feeling and attitude.

    The good news of the birth of the newborn is a joy to hear.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 5, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'good' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #120

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'good' in Written Corpus Frequency: #105

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'good' in Nouns Frequency: #1590

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'good' in Adjectives Frequency: #2

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of good in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of good in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of good in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    They're all representative of the strength and the unity and the love that exists in the community and in this community, despite the pain and the heartache that they're feeling, they could not have been more inspiring and more proud of their loved ones and more insistent that something good comes out of this tragedy.

  2. David GerzofRichard:

    They understand The FDA a big problem because if they dont curtail it, then the government will, and whenever the government gets involved, its never a good ending for the industry.

  3. Rick Perry:

    Miracles I can't explain, I'll leave those to the good Lord, this is not a miracle. We know how this happened.

  4. Cesare Galli:

    Many people working in conservation are strongly against using biotechnologies, which seems crazy, because if Cesare Galli have the technology, why not use it for the good ?

  5. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl:

    They're a really good team. I don't think their record does them justice, they play really hard. ... They were a really tough team defensively.

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