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good-night

[goo d-nahyt] /ˌgʊdˈnaɪt/
noun
1.
a farewell or leave-taking:
He said his good-nights before leaving the party.

good night

interjection
1.
an expression of farewell used in parting at nighttime or when going to sleep.
Origin of good night
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75
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  • "good-night, captain," said the superintendent, accompanying him to the door.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • They never said How do you do, or good-night—and Corney very ill too!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • When she got out of the car, she bade him good-night and good-bye.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "good-night, Christine," he said, and went into the hall and upstairs.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Oh, good-night," she said impatiently, suddenly breaking from him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • She pushed the door to, but before she could close it, he whispered "good-night, my darling!"

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • After the good-night to my neighbour, I tumbled into my straw and slept soundly, animal-like.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • When she came to the door, to say good-night, he was flat among his pillows, listening for her.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • As we were entering (our doors adjoin) a thought delayed my good-night.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for good-night

good night

sentence substitute
1.
a conventional expression of farewell, or, rarely, of greeting, used in the late afternoon, the evening, or at night, esp when departing to bed
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Slang definitions & phrases for good-night

good night

interjection

An exclamation of surprise, irritation, emphasis, etc: Good night! Must you chew that gum so loud?

[1880s+; a euphemism for good God]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with good-night

good night

1.
Expression of farewell used when parting at night or when going to sleep, as in He stood at the door, saying good night to each of the departing guests, or Mother came to tuck the children in and kiss them good night. [ Late 1300s ]
2.
Exclamation of surprise or irritation, as in Good night, Joe!—You can't mean what you said, or Good night, Anne—it's time you learned how to throw a ball. [ Late 1800s ]
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