- good [good]adj.better, best [ME gode < OE gōd, akin to Ger gut < IE base * ghedh-, to unite, be associated, suitable > GATHER]I a general term of approval or commendation1.a) suitable to a purpose; effective; efficient [a lamp good to read by]b) producing favorable results; beneficial; salutary [good exercise for the legs]c) in accord with prevailing usage [good English]d) clever or witty [a good quip]2. fertile [good soil]3. fresh; unspoiled; uncontaminated [good eggs]4. valid; genuine; real [good money, a good excuse]5. healthy; strong; vigorous [good eyesight]6. financially safe or sound [a good investment]7. honorable; worthy; respectable [one's good name]8. enjoyable, desirable, pleasant, happy, etc. [a good life]9. dependable; reliable; right [good advice]10. thorough; complete [a good job of cleaning up]a) excellent of its kind [a good novel]b) best or considered best [her good china]11. adequate; ample; sufficient; satisfying [a good meal]12. morally sound or excellent; specif.,a) virtuous; honest; justb) pious; devoutc) kind, benevolent, generous, sympathetic, etc.d) well-behaved; dutifule) proper; becoming; correct [good manners]f) socially acceptable [a good family]13. able; skilled; expert [a good swimmer]14. loyal or conforming [a good Democrat]15. Law effectual; valid [good title]II a general intensive1. to a considerable amount, extent, or degree [a good many, a good beating]2. at least; full [we waited a good six hours]n.something good; specif.,a) that which is morally rightb) worth; virtue; merit [the good in a man]c) something contributing to health, welfare, happiness, etc.; benefit; advantage [the greatest good of the greatest number]d) something desirable or desired: see also GOODSinterj.used to express satisfaction, pleasure, agreement, etc. and, in some exclamatory phrases, to express surprise, consternation, etc.: orig. a euphemism for God [good!good grief!)]adv.well, completely, fully, etc.: variously regarded as substandard, dialectal, or informal——————as good asin effect; virtually; nearly——————come to no goodto come to a bad end; end in failure, trouble, etc.——————for good and all or for goodfor always; finally; permanently——————☆ good andInformal very or altogether——————good for1. able to survive, endure, or be used for (a specified period of time)2. worth [a coupon good for 10¢]3. able to pay, repay, or give4. sure to result in [good for a laugh ]☆ 5. used to express approval [good for you!]——————no gooduseless or worthless——————the good1. those who are good2. what is morally good——————to the goodas a profit, benefit, or advantage
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.