goodman

[ good-muhn ]
/ ˈgʊd mən /

noun, plural good·men.Archaic.

the master of a household; husband.
(initial capital letter) a title of respect used for a man below the rank of gentleman, especially a farmer or yeoman.

QUIZZES

DON’T VACILLATE! VANQUISH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

It’d be a real faux pas to miss this quiz on the words from August 3–9, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “vacillate” mean?

Origin of goodman

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at good, -man

Definition for goodman (2 of 2)

Goodman
[ good-muhn ]
/ ˈgʊd mən /

noun

Benjamin David "Benny", 1909–86, U.S. jazz clarinetist and bandleader.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for goodman

British Dictionary definitions for goodman (1 of 2)

goodman
/ (ˈɡʊdmən) /

noun plural -men archaic

a husband
a man not of gentle birth: used as a title
a master of a household

British Dictionary definitions for goodman (2 of 2)

Goodman
/ (ˈɡʊdmən) /

noun

Benny, full name Benjamin David Goodman. 1909–86, US jazz clarinetist and bandleader, whose treatment of popular songs created the jazz idiom known as swing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012