goodman Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
    Benny Goodman; Benjamin David Goodman; King of Swing.


Good"man noun
Good + man
  1. A familiar appellation of civility, equivalent to "My friend", "Good sir", "Mister;" -- sometimes used ironically. Obs.
    With you, goodman boy, an you please. Shak.
  2. A husband; the master of a house or family; -- often used in speaking familiarly. Archaic Chaucer.
    Say ye to the goodman of the house, . . . Where is the guest-chamber ? Mark xiv. 14.
    ✍ 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.

Webster 1913