from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express delight.
  • n. Something attractive or delectable, especially something sweet to eat.
  • n. Archaic A goodwife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Used to indicate pleasure or delight.
  • n. A small amount of something good to eat.
  • n. Any small, usually free, item.
  • n. shortening of goodwife, a 17th century puritan honorific.
  • n. protagonist or hero

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Weakly or sentimentally good; affectedly good; -- often in the reduplicated form goody-goody.
  • n. A bonbon, cake, or the like; -- usually in the pl.
  • n. An American fish; the lafayette or spot.
  • n. Goodwife; -- a low term of civility or sport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weakly good in morals or religion; characterized by good intentions or pious phrasing without vital force; pious but futile; nambypamby: often reduplicated, goody-good, goody-goody.
  • n. A sweetmeat; a bonbon: most frequently used in the plural.
  • n. A term of civility applied to women in humble life: as, goody Dobson.
  • n. In some colleges, a woman who makes beds, sweeps, and takes general care of students' rooms.
  • n. The spot or lafayette, a sciænoid fish, Liostomus xanthurus: more fully called Cape May goody.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something considered choice to eat


Shortening and alteration of goodwife.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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