Nearby words

  1. goo,
  2. goo-goo,
  3. goober,
  4. gooby,
  5. gooch,
  6. good afternoon,
  7. good and,
  8. good around,
  9. good as done, as,
  10. good as gold, as


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

Related formsqua·si-good, adjective

Can be confusedgood well (see usage note at the current entry)

Synonym study

47. See property.

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for come to no good


adjective better or best

having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocrea good idea; a good teacher
  1. morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteousa good man
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the good
suitable or efficient for a purposea good secretary; a good winter coat
beneficial or advantageousvegetables are good for you
not ruined or decayed; sound or wholethe meat is still good
kindly, generous, or approvingyou are good to him
right or acceptableyour qualifications are good for the job
rich and fertilegood land
valid or genuineI would not do this without good reason
honourable or held in high esteema good family
commercially or financially secure, sound, or safegood securities; a good investment
(of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
(of debts) expected to be fully paid
clever, competent, or talentedhe's good at science
obedient or well-behaveda good dog
reliable, safe, or recommendeda good make of clothes
affording material pleasure or indulgencethe good things in life; the good life
having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearancea good figure; a good complexion
complete; fullI took a good look round the house
propitious; opportunea good time to ask the manager for a rise
satisfying or gratifyinga good rest
comfortabledid you have a good night?
newest or of the best qualityto keep the good plates for important guests
fairly large, extensive, or longa good distance away
sufficient; amplewe have a good supply of food
US (of meat) of the third government grade, above standard and below choice
serious or intellectualgood music
used in a traditional descriptionthe good ship ``America''
used in polite or patronizing phrases or to express anger (often intended ironically)how is your good lady?; look here, my good man!
a good one
  1. an unbelievable assertion
  2. a very funny joke
as good as virtually; practicallyit's as good as finished
as good as gold excellent; very good indeed
be as good as to or be so good as to would you please
come good to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
good and informal (intensifier)good and mad
(intensifier; used in mild oaths)good grief!; good heavens!


an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc


moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profitfor the good of our workers; what is the good of worrying?
positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
(sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entitywe must pursue the Good
a good thing
economics a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
for good or for good and all forever; permanentlyI have left them for good
make good
  1. to recompense or repair damage or injury
  2. to be successful
  3. to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
  4. to secure and retain (a position)
  5. to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)
good on you or good for you well done, well said, etc: a term of congratulation
get any good of or get some good of Irish
  1. to handle to good effectI never got any good of this machine
  2. to understand properlyI could never get any good of him
  3. to receive cooperation from
See also goods

Derived Formsgoodish, adjective

Word Origin for good

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

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Word Origin and History for come to no good
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Idioms and Phrases with come to no good

come to no good

see come to an end, def. 2.


In addition to the idioms beginning with good

  • good and
  • good around
  • good as, as
  • good as done, as
  • good as gold, as
  • good as one's word, as
  • good day
  • good deal, a
  • good egg, a
  • good evening
  • good faith
  • good for
  • good graces
  • good grief
  • good head on one's shoulders, have a
  • good life, the
  • good luck
  • good many, a
  • good mind
  • good morning
  • good nature
  • goodness gracious
  • goodness knows
  • good night
  • good off
  • good riddance
  • good Samaritan
  • good scout
  • good sort
  • good thing
  • good time
  • good turn
  • good word
  • good works
  • goody two-shoes

also see:

  • bad (good) sort
  • but good
  • do any good
  • do good
  • do one good
  • for good
  • for good measure
  • get on someone's good side
  • get out while the getting is good
  • give a good account of oneself
  • give as good as one gets
  • have a good command of
  • have a good mind to
  • have a good thing going
  • have a good time
  • hold good
  • ill wind (that blows nobody any good)
  • in all good conscience
  • in bad (good) faith
  • in (good) condition
  • in due course (all in good time)
  • in good
  • in good hands
  • in good part
  • in good spirits
  • in good time
  • in good with
  • in someone's good graces
  • keep (good) time
  • make good
  • make good time
  • make someone look good
  • miss is as good as a mile
  • never had it so good
  • no good
  • no news is good news
  • not the only fish (other good fish) in the sea
  • one good turn deserves another
  • on good terms
  • on one's best (good) behavior
  • put in a good word
  • put to good use
  • show someone a good time
  • show to (good) advantage
  • so far so good
  • stand in good stead
  • take in good part
  • throw good money after bad
  • to good purpose
  • too good to be true
  • too much of a good thing
  • to the good
  • turn to (good account)
  • up to no good
  • well and good
  • what's the good of
  • with good grace
  • world of good
  • your guess is as good as mine

Also see undergoodnessgoods.

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