Goodman Good"man, n. [Good + man] [1913 Webster] 1. A familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to ``My friend'', ``Good sir'', ``Mister;'' -- sometimes used ironically. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

With you, goodman boy, an you please. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A husband; the master of a house or family; -- often used in speaking familiarly. [Archaic] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Say ye to the goodman of the house, . . . Where is the guest-chamber ? --Mark xiv. 14. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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