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From Middle English goodschipe, from Old English gōdscipe (kindness), equivalent to good +‎ -ship.



  1. (obsolete) Favour; grace; kindness.
    • Gower
      And for the goodship of this dede
      They graunten him a lusty mede, []

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for goodship in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)