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  1. Obsolete spelling of good
    • 15?? (quoted in 1841), Elizabeth I, Merrye Englaunde: or, the Goldene daies of goode Queene Besse, page 33:
      Hee communeth moche wythe mee as to ye difficoltye of fyndinge priestes to do the mynistrie , and forasmoche as I came into theese parttes onlie ye whiles my verye goode friende Father Cornelius colde arrange matters wyth hys superiors beyonde seas, I am nothing lothes to betake me, at hys returne, to do ye beheste of Maister Tregiaun, who willeth that I sholde worke in the spirytualle vineyarde, at the house of one Syr Huberte Tracie, a near kinsmanne of hys, abydinge within smalle distaunce of hys seate in Cornewayle.
    • 1562 (quoted in 1741), Patrick Forbes, A Full View of the Public Transactions in the Reign of Q. Elizabeth:
      And this succour, such as it was , was so longe sewid for, and delayed er it cowde be obteynidde, that all occasions to do eny goode yn that mater wer well nere loste therby.
    • 1607, Philip Woodward, The Dolefull Knell, of Thomas Bell, page 190:
      On the contrarie because in his Funeral he confesseth that Josephus alloweth of the merit of goode workes; therefore the first obseruation in his Downefal, in which he most falselie gathereth out of him, that he grauteth, both S. Chrisostom and the rest of the fathers, to affirme goode workes not to be meritorious of eternal, by a strange downefal, brake the necke, and is so interred in his Funderal that no memory thereof is left.
    • 1770, Henry Algernon Percy Northumberland (5th Earl of), Thomas Percy, The Regulations and Establishment of the Household of Henry Algernon Percy, page 183:
      It is thought goode that MALLARDS be bought oonelie for my Lords owne Meas So they be goode Ande 2 bought for ij d. a pece.


Middle English[edit]

A user suggests that this Middle English entry be cleaned up, giving the reason: “From WT:RFVE:

The entry for the noun "goode" lists the Middle English definition only as 1. n. (Late Middle English) Alternative form of gode. [1]

The Century Dictionary, under the definition of "stead", lists the following quote from the York Plays, p. 127. Lorde God! that all goode has by-gonne, And all may ende both goode and euvll,... .[2],

Can the definition of "goode" be updated to reflect such usage? And are there additional possible meanings that might be included, such as that which is desirable or an object of desire? Or that which is a personal possession, or a ware? --Penman1963 (talk) 12:55, 12 April 2022 (UTC)”.

Please see the discussion on Requests for cleanup(+) for more information and remove this template after the problem has been dealt with.

Etymology 1[edit]



  1. Alternative form of gode (weak singular and strong/weak plural of good)
  2. Alternative form of good

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. (Late Middle English) Alternative form of gode