adjective, bet·ter, best.
- possessions, especially movable effects or personal property.
- articles of trade; wares; merchandise: canned goods.
- Informal. what has been promised or is expected: to deliver the goods.
- Informal. the genuine article.
- Informal. evidence of guilt, as stolen articles: to catch someone with the goods.
- cloth or textile material: top-quality linen goods.
- Chiefly British. merchandise sent by land, rather than by water or air.
- the ideal of goodness or morality.
- good things or persons collectively.
- certain to repay (money owed) because of integrity, financial stability, etc.
- the equivalent in value of: Two thousand stamps are good for one coffeepot.
- able to survive or continue functioning for (the length of time or the distance indicated): These tires are good for another 10,000 miles.
- valid or in effect for (the length of time indicated): a license good for one year.
- (used as an expression of approval): Good for you!
- to make recompense for; repay.
- to implement an agreement; fulfill.
- to be successful.
- to substantiate; verify.
- to carry out; accomplish; execute: The convicts made good their getaway.
- generally advantageous: That's all to the good, but what do I get out of it?
- richer in profit or gain: When he withdrew from the partnership, he was several thousand dollars to the good.
Origin of good
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.
Examples from the Web for goods
In fact, Mexico buys and sells more US goods than any other country on the planet except for Canada.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I never hear a Democrat talk about these goods, which are, in the literal sense, indivisible—for us all.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As more come online, they will actively seek better selling prices elsewhere and also source their goods internationally.
But Billy Childs absolutely delivers the goods in this poignant collection of Laura Nyro songs.
Some of them, like an across-the-board tariff on Chinese goods, might actually work.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable|Gordon G. Chang|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The non-importation act being still in force, these goods were seized as forfeited to the Government.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2|J. T. Headley.
All disputed noisily in their eagerness to show their goods to the passengers.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
He found new agents, new descriptions of goods, and new servants.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
He has not much of this world's goods at present; and her mother would naturally look higher.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
Secondly, a right, before any other man, to inherit with his brethren his father's goods.Second Treatise of Government|John Locke
British Dictionary definitions for goods (1 of 2)
- merchandise when transported, esp by rail; freight
- (as modifier)a goods train
- informal that which is expected or promisedto deliver the goods
- slang the real thing
- US and Canadian slang incriminating evidence (esp in the phrase have the goods on someone)
British Dictionary definitions for goods (2 of 2)
adjective better or best
- morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteousa good man
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the good
- an unbelievable assertion
- a very funny joke
- to recompense or repair damage or injury
- to be successful
- to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
- to secure and retain (a position)
- to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)
- to handle to good effectI never got any good of this machine
- to understand properlyI could never get any good of him
- to receive cooperation from
Word Origin for good
Word Origin and History for goods (1 of 3)
"property," late 13c., from plural of good (n.), which had the same sense in Old English. Meaning "saleable commodities" is mid-15c.; colloquial sense of "stolen articles" is from 1900; hence figurative use, "evidence of guilt."
Word Origin and History for goods (1 of 3)
Old English gōd "that which is good, goodness; advantage, benefit; gift; virtue; property;" from good (adj.).
Word Origin and History for goods (2 of 3)
Old English god (with a long "o") "virtuous; desirable; valid; considerable," probably originally "having the right or desirable quality," from Proto-Germanic *gothaz (cf. Old Norse goðr, Dutch goed, Old High German guot, German gut, Gothic goþs), originally "fit, adequate, belonging together," from PIE root *ghedh- "to unite, be associated, suitable" (cf. Old Church Slavonic godu "pleasing time," Russian godnyi "fit, suitable," Old English gædrian "to gather, to take up together"). As an expression of satisfaction, from early 15c.; of children, "well-behaved," by 1690s.
Irregular comparatives (better, best) reflect a widespread pattern, cf. Latin bonus, melior, optimus. Good-for-nothing is from 1711. Good looking is attested from 1780 (good looks by c.1800). Good sport, of persons, is from 1906; good to go is attested from 1989. The good book "the Bible" attested from 1801, originally in missionary literature describing the language of conversion efforts in American Indian tribes.
Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing. ["As You Like It"]
Culture definitions for goods
Merchandise; wares; tangible products that satisfy human wants. (Compare services.)
Idioms and Phrases with goods (1 of 2)
see damaged goods; deliver the goods; get the goods on; sell a bill of goods; straight goods.
Idioms and Phrases with goods (2 of 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
- 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.