goodman

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English godeman, equivalent to good +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

goodman (plural goodmen)

  1. (now rare, chiefly Scotland) A familiar appellation of civility. [from 10th c.]
  2. (now Scotland or historical) A husband; the master of a house or family. [from 13th c.]
    • 1863, Anthony Trollope, Rachel Ray:
      ‘The gudeman,—he's done with t' paper, and you'll keep it for good and all.’

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