goodman


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Goodman \Good"man\, n. [Good + man]
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   1. A familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to "My
      friend", "Good sir", "Mister;" -- sometimes used
      ironically. [Obs.]
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            With you, goodman boy, an you please. --Shak.
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   2. A husband; the master of a house or family; -- often used
      in speaking familiarly. [Archaic] --Chaucer.
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            Say ye to the goodman of the house, . . . Where is
            the guest-chamber ?                   --Mark xiv.
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   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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