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A neutral was this good woman, and a well-wisher to each faction.

Will madame be so good to enter our petit salon at the front, n'est-ce-pas?

They've put lots of good weight-carriers off the track before they was due to go.

He was so good they shot him all up one night last fall over to Wardner.

So while you were having your fun there I was having mine here, and I had it good and plenty.

But in good time the Lybian pipe warns us that the feast is ready.

He resolved to listen with good grace to any homilies that might issue.

"Taken the first step toward a good dinner," said the other, coolly.

That they will do so with good courage is not to be doubted.

“Have patience with him, good Master Pepper,” returned Mr. Headley.


Old English god (with a long "o") "virtuous; desirable; valid; considerable," probably originally "having the right or desirable quality," from Proto-Germanic *gothaz (cf. Old Norse goðr, Dutch goed, Old High German guot, German gut, Gothic goþs), originally "fit, adequate, belonging together," from PIE root *ghedh- "to unite, be associated, suitable" (cf. Old Church Slavonic godu "pleasing time," Russian godnyi "fit, suitable," Old English gædrian "to gather, to take up together"). As an expression of satisfaction, from early 15c.; of children, "well-behaved," by 1690s.

Irregular comparatives (better, best) reflect a widespread pattern, cf. Latin bonus, melior, optimus. Good-for-nothing is from 1711. Good looking is attested from 1780 (good looks by c.1800). Good sport, of persons, is from 1906; good to go is attested from 1989. The good book "the Bible" attested from 1801, originally in missionary literature describing the language of conversion efforts in American Indian tribes.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.