[ god-speed ]

  1. good fortune; success (used as a wish to a person starting on a journey, a new venture, etc.).

Origin of Godspeed

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, in the phrase God spede “may God prosper (you)”; see God, speed

Words Nearby Godspeed

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How to use Godspeed in a sentence

  • As we came on board we saw our ambassador, Mr. Van Dyke, tell some of his friends goodbye and wish them Godspeed.

    Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
  • It is heartbreaking to see them die here like dogs, with no one to say Godspeed.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary | Sarah Margan Dawson
  • A shoe store was hunted up before we proceeded to Shakopee, having first bidden a Godspeed to our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Moore.

    Mary and I | Stephen Return Riggs
  • Heaven will surely guide and protect its faithful knights, and his lady bids him Godspeed, though with tearful eyes.

  • Albert: Mother, you are a Southern woman; you ought to bid me Godspeed.

British Dictionary definitions for Godspeed


/ (ˈɡɒdˈspiːd) /

interjection, noun
  1. an expression of one's good wishes for a person's success and safety

Origin of Godspeed

C15: from God spede may God prosper (you)

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