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good and (comparative more good and, superlative most good and)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see good,‎ and.
  2. (idiomatic, used as an intensifier) Very; exceptionally; utterly.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 25, in Treasure Island:
      As for that swab, he's good and dead, he is.
    • 2008, Nancy Huston, Fault Lines, →ISBN:
      [S]he doesn't insist on the whole vegetable-meat-fish-eggs aspect of eating, saying I'll get around to that when I'm good and ready for it.

Usage notesEdit

  • Precedes an adjective or adverb.
  • Only context can distinguish this usage from the more conventional usage in which good functions as an adjective conjoined by and to a second adjective, as in the example below:

See alsoEdit


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.