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Etymology edit

From Middle English gud mornynge (also as goode morne, gode morne), from Old English *gōdne morgen (good morning), an ellipsis for an expression such as "I wish you a good morning", equivalent to good +‎ morning. Compare West Frisian goeie moarn, Dutch goedemorgen, German guten Morgen, Danish god morgen, Swedish god morgon, Icelandic góðan morgunn.

Pronunciation edit

Interjection edit

good morning

  1. Used as a greeting when meeting someone for the first time in the morning.
    "Good morning, Joan," said Judy at 9:00 AM.
    The host began with "Good morning, your majesties, presidents, prime ministers and other dear guests."
    "Good morning, Joey. Want to play on the slide at recess?" asked the five-year-old.
    • 2019 December 15, Hugh Graham, Alice Hutton, “Milk or tea first? Charles's butlers have the answer”, in The Sunday Times, number 10,188, page 5:
      Other rules learnt by butlers include lighting candles 15 minutes before guests enter a room, and not saying "good morning" to guests until you are 5ft away.
  2. (less common, more formal) A parting in the morning.
    Thank you for coming everyone and I hope to see you again next year. Good morning.
  3. (by extension, humorous) Used to greet someone who has just awakened (irrespective of the time of day).
    Up at the crack of dusk! Good morning!
  4. (by extension, informal) Said to someone who has come to a belated realization.
    You're just realizing that now? Good morning!

Usage notes edit

  • May be shortened in casual speech to morning.
  • As a greeting, may be used by anyone in almost any setting from the most casual to the most formal, close friend or stranger, regardless of age, social group, etc.

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Noun edit

good morning (plural good mornings)

  1. An exercise performed by bending forward at the waist and then returning to a standing posture, while bearing a barbell or resistance band across the shoulders.
  2. A greeting consisting of the interjection.

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