Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

goodness

noun
     
good‧ness S2 [uncountable]
1

my goodness!/goodness (gracious) me!

spoken said when you are surprised or sometimes angry:
My goodness, you have spent a lot!
2

for goodness' sake

spoken said when you are annoyed or surprised, especially when telling someone to do something:
For goodness' sake stop arguing!
3

goodness (only) knows

spoken used to emphasize that you are not sure about something, or to make a statement stronger:
That bar's been closed for goodness knows how long.
Goodness knows, I tried to help him!
4

being good

the quality of being good:
the desire to see goodness and justice in the world
5

best part

the part of food which is good for your health:
All the goodness of an egg is in the yolk.
6

have the goodness to do something

old-fashioned formal used when asking someone to do something in an extremely polite way:
Please have the goodness to wait.
7

out of the goodness of somebody's heart

used when someone has done something in order to be kind or helpful to other people:
He did it out of the goodness of his heart.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary