good morning

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From Middle English gud mornynge (also as goode morne, gode morne), from Old English *gōdne morgen (good morning), an ellipsis for an expression such as "I wish you a good morning", equivalent to good +‎ morning. Compare West Frisian goeie moarn, Dutch goedemorgen, German guten Morgen, Danish god morgen, Swedish god morgon, Icelandic góðan morgunn.



good morning

  1. Used as a greeting when meeting somebody for the first time in the morning.
    "Good morning, Joan," said Judy at 9:00 AM.
    • 2019 December 15, Hugh Graham and Alice Hutton, “Milk or tea first? Charles's butlers have the answer”, in The Sunday Times, number 10,188, page 5:
      Other rules learnt by butlers include lighting candles 15 minutes before guests enter a room, and not saying "good morning" to guests until you are 5ft away.
  2. (by extension, humorous) Used to greet someone who has just awakened (irrespective of the time of day).
  3. (by extension, informal) Said to someone who has come to a belated realization.
  4. A greeting said when parting from someone in the morning.

Usage notes[edit]

Sense 1 and 2 of this term are often shortened in casual speech to morning.

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good morning (plural good mornings)

  1. An exercise performed by bending forward at the waist and then returning to a standing posture, while bearing a barbell across the shoulders.