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Goodman  n.  
A familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to "My friend", "Good sir", "Mister;" sometimes used ironically. (Obs.) "With you, goodman boy, an you please."
A husband; the master of a house or family; often used in speaking familiarly. (Archaic) "Say ye to the goodman of the house,... Where is the guest-chamber?" Note: In the early colonial records of New England, the term goodman is frequently used as a title of designation, sometimes in a respectful manner, to denote a person whose first name was not known, or when it was not desired to use that name; in this use it was nearly equivalent to Mr. This use was doubtless brought with the first settlers from England.

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"Goodman" Quotes from Famous Books

... to light a good fire, and to prepare us a breakfast; in short, we had fallen amongst the faithful, and we met great hospitality, for which may God repay the worthy host, Goodman Wiglaf. ...
— Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune • A. D. Crake

... appears in the world, indeed, a class of women, who, while still not genuinely averse to marriage, are yet free from any theory that it is necessary, or even invariably desirable. Among these women are a goodman somewhat vociferous propagandists, almost male in their violent earnestness; they range from the man eating suffragettes to such preachers of free motherhood as Ellen Key and such professional shockers of ...
— In Defense of Women • H. L. Mencken

... front. The field of fire was good, and they quickly dealt with all the attempts made to push us back. Our casualties, though, were very heavy, particularly amongst officers. At one time 'A' Company was commanded by Lance-Corporal Goodman, and ...
— The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman's) - A Record of its Services in the Great War, 1914-1919 • Fred W. Ward

... * Dr. Goodman and Dr. Stephenson have since written on this subject, and the "wave" is often known as the ...
— The Four Epochs of Woman's Life • Anna M. Galbraith

... within; When the oldest cask is open'd, and the largest lamp is lit; When the chestnuts glow in the embers, and the kid turns on the spit; When young and old in circle around the firebrands close; When the girls are weaving baskets, and the lads are shaping bows; When the goodman mends his armor, and trims his helmet's plume; When the goodwife's shuttle merrily goes flashing through the loom; With weeping and with laughter still is the story told, How well Horatius kept the bridge in the brave ...
— The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886 • Ministry of Education

... character of being a very respectable sort o' a lad, one Walter Sanderson; he was a farmer, very near about my own age, and altogether a most prepossessing and intelligent young man. I first met wi' him at my youngest sister's goodman's kirn,[F] and I must say, a better or a more gracefu' dancer I never saw upon a floor. He had neither the jumping o' a mountebank, nor the sliding o' a play-actor, but there was an ease in his carriage which I never ...
— Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI • Various

... places inside the good old mail-coach, which passed through the town of P——, where Cousin Con resided, for there were no railways then. Never was there a kinder or more genial soul than Cousin Con; and David Danvers, the goodman, as she laughingly called him, was, if possible, kinder and more genial still. They were surrounded by substantial comforts, and delighted to see their friends in a sociable, easy way, and to make them snug and cosy, our arrival being ...
— Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 437 - Volume 17, New Series, May 15, 1852 • Various

... Still be thou deemed by housewife fat A comely, careful, mousing cat, Whose dish is, for the public good, Replenished oft with savory food, Nor, when thy span of life is past, Be thou to pond or dung-hill cast, But, gently borne on goodman's spade, Beneath the decent sod be laid; And children show with glistening eyes The place where ...
— Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 3 • Various

... and by north, by south and by east, Show thyself like a beast. Goodman Harvest, yeoman, come in and say what you can. Boom for the scythe and the ...
— A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VIII (4th edition) • Various

Words linked to "Goodman" :   clarinettist, bandleader, Benjamin David Goodman, Benny Goodman, clarinetist, King of Swing

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