Idioms for good

Origin of good

before 900; Middle English (adj., adv., and noun); Old English gōd (adj.); cognate with Dutch goed, German gut, Old Norse gōthr, Gothic goths

synonym study for good

47. See property.

usage note for good

Good is common as an adverb in informal speech, especially after forms of do: He did good on the test. She sees good with her new glasses. This use does not occur in formal speech or edited writing, where the adverb well is used instead: He did well on the test. She sees well with her new glasses.
The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel, good may refer to spirits as well as health: I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world. Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health: You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital. See also bad.


qua·si-good, adjective


good well (see usage note at the current entry)

Example sentences from the Web for goods

British Dictionary definitions for goods (1 of 2)

/ (ɡʊdz) /

pl n

possessions and personal property
(sometimes singular) economics commodities that are tangible, usually movable, and generally not consumed at the same time as they are produced Compare services
articles of commerce; merchandise
mainly British
  1. merchandise when transported, esp by rail; freight
  2. (as modifier)a goods train
the goods
  1. informal that which is expected or promisedto deliver the goods
  2. slang the real thing
  3. US and Canadian slang incriminating evidence (esp in the phrase have the goods on someone)
a piece of goods slang a person, esp a woman

British Dictionary definitions for goods (2 of 2)

/ (ɡʊd) /

adjective better or best


an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc


See also goods

Derived forms of good

goodish, adjective

Word Origin for good

Old English gōd; related to Old Norse gōthr, Old High German guot good

Cultural definitions for goods


Merchandise; wares; tangible products that satisfy human wants. (Compare services.)

Idioms and Phrases with goods (1 of 2)


see damaged goods; deliver the goods; get the goods on; sell a bill of goods; straight goods.

Idioms and Phrases with goods (2 of 2)