- (idiomatic, used as an intensifier) Very; exceptionally; utterly.
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:
- 1868, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, ch. 20:
- Money is a good and useful thing.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
- Precedes an adjective or adverb.