good and

EnglishEdit

AdverbEdit

good and (good and)

  1. (idiomatic, used as an intensifier) Very; exceptionally; utterly.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, ch. 25:
      As for that swab, he's good and dead, he is.
    • 2008, Nancy Huston, Fault Lines, ISBN 9780802170514:
      [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

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:

ReferencesEdit

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