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  1. having or showing a pleasant, kindly disposition; amiable: a warm, good-natured person.
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Origin of good-natured

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formsgood-na·tured·ly, adverbgood-na·tured·ness, noun


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  • Mr Verloc gathered everything as it came to his broad, good-natured breast.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • This good-natured fellow's present was highly valuable and useful to me.

  • My brother and sister will be at hand with their good-natured constructions.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Let us try to be sensible; let us try to be good-natured; let us try to be fair.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Madame Fressard smiled in a good-natured but rather ironical way.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for good-natured


  1. of a tolerant and kindly disposition
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Derived Formsgood-naturedly, adverbgood-naturedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for good-natured


1570s, from good (adj.) + nature. Good nature "pleasing or kind disposition" is from mid-15c. Related: Good-naturedly.

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