2. A husband; the master of a house or family; often used in speaking familiarly. [Archaic] Chaucer.
Say ye to the goodman of the house, . . . Where is the guest-chamber ?Mark xiv. 14.
In the early colonial records of New England, the term goodman is frequently used as a title of designation,
sometimes in a respectful manner, to denote a person whose first name was not known, or when it was
not desired to use that name; in this use it was nearly equivalent to Mr. This use was doubtless brought
with the first settlers from England.
(Good`-na"tured) a. Naturally mild in temper; not easily provoked.
Syn. Good-natured, Good-tempered, Good- humored. Good-natured denotes a disposition to
please and be pleased. Good-tempered denotes a habit of mind which is not easily ruffled by provocations
or other disturbing influences. Good-humored is applied to a spirit full of ease and cheerfulness, as
displayed in one's outward deportment and in social intercourse. A good-natured man recommends
himself to all by the spirit which governs him. A good-humored man recommends himself particularly
as a companion. A good-tempered man is rarely betrayed into anything which can disturb the serenity
of the social circle.
(Good`-na"tured*ly), adv. With mildness of temper.
(Good"ness) n. [AS. godnes.] The quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence; virtue; kindness; benevolence; as,
the goodness of timber, of a soil, of food; goodness of character, of disposition, of conduct, etc.
(Good" now") An exclamation of wonder, surprise, or entreaty. [Obs.] Shak.
(Goods) n. pl. See Good, n., 3.
(Good"ship), n. Favor; grace. [Obs.] Gower.
(Good`-tem"pered) a. Having a good temper; not easily vexed. See Good-natured.
(Good"wife`) n. The mistress of a house. [Archaic] Robynson
(Good"y) n.; pl. Goodies
1. A bonbon, cake, or the like; usually in the pl. [Colloq.]
2. (Zoöl.) An American fish; the lafayette or spot.
(Good"y), n.; pl. Goodies [Prob. contr. from goodwife.] Goodwife; a low term of civility or
(Good"-year) n. [See Goujere.] The venereal disease; often used as a mild oath. [Obs.]
(Good"y-good`y), a. Mawkishly or weakly good; exhibiting goodness with silliness. [Colloq.]
(Good"y*ship), n. The state or quality of a goody or goodwife [Jocose] Hudibraus.
(||Goo*roo", Gu*ru") n. [Hind. gur a spiritual parent or teacher, Skr. guru heavy, noble, venerable,
teacher. Cf. Grief.] A spiritual teacher, guide, or confessor amoung the Hindoos. Malcom.
(Goos"an`der) n. [OE. gossander, a tautological word formed fr. goose + gander. Cf.
Merganser.] (Zoöl.) A species of merganser (M. merganser) of Northern Europe and America; called
also merganser, dundiver, sawbill, sawneb, shelduck, and sheldrake. See Merganser.