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American English: /ɡʊd/
British English: /ɡʊd/

Translation of good in Spanish:

adjective comparative better superlative best

The usual translation of good, bueno, becomes buen when it precedes a masculine singular noun.
  • 1
    a good wine
    un buen vino
    un vino bueno
    a good year for Beaujolais/films
    un buen año para el Beaujolais/el cine
    the soup was really good
    la sopa estaba buenísima or riquísima
    it smells good
    huele bien
    tiene rico or buen olor (Latin America)
    it looks good
    tiene buen aspecto
    her French is very good
    habla muy bien (el) francés
    my one good tablecloth
    el único mantel bueno que tengo
    in good condition
    en buen estado
    this hotel is as good as any you'll find here
    este hotel es de los mejores que hay por aquí
    nothing's too good for his little girl
    su hijita tiene que tener lo mejor de lo mejor
    todo es poco para su hijita
    to come good (British) [colloquial]our team came good in the end
    al final nuestro equipo salió adelante
    when will that boy come good?
    ¿cuándo sentará cabeza ese chico?
    to make good
    tener éxito
    he's bound to make good with his experience
    con la experiencia que tiene, seguro que tendrá éxito
    to make good somethingI made good the mistakes
    corregí los errores
    he undertook to make good the damage to the car
    se comprometió a hacerse cargo de la reparación del coche
    our losses were made good by the company
    la compañía nos compensó las pérdidas
    the plasterwork will all be made good
    el revoque se dejará en condiciones
    they made good their threat/promise
    cumplieron (con) su amenaza/promesa
    she can be trusted to make good (on) her offer
    podemos confiar en que haga efectiva su oferta
    to make good one's escape
    lograr huir
    Example sentences
    • What is really required is a good standard of health care delivered locally.
    • A good standard of maths is also required as there is a high mathematical content to the course.
    • The school was also commended for its good standard of care and guidance given to children.
    Example sentences
    • In good form on the PGA Tour this year, the American is in good shape for a strong finish on Sunday.
    • For the sake of a couple of dollars' worth of eyedrops the whole village would have good eyesight.
    • It was so flat that if you had good eyesight you could look into the far distance and see the back of your own head.
  • 2 (creditable)
    she consistently gets good marks in history
    siempre saca buenas notas en historia
    they've made a very good start in the race
    han empezado muy bien la carrera
    he got a very good degree
    se recibió con muy buena nota (Latin America)
    sacó muy buenas notas en la carrera (Spain)
    he came a good second
    llegó en un muy respetable segundo puesto
    at least he had a good try
    por lo menos lo intentó
    Example sentences
    • In the second half Windermere used their substitutes to good effect to produce two more goals.
    • It's good for my fitness, and hopefully it will stand me in good stead when I get back to the club.
    • The second period saw Brigg use the flanks to good effect and in the final quarter they ran away with the game.
    Example sentences
    • A kind neighbour with a good word for all, Mae was highly thought of by all who knew her.
    • Yet the Nevilles have been good to him, generous with their help and advice.
    • Evelyn was a grand neighbour and kind friend and her good deeds were many over the years.
  • 3 (opportune, favorable)
    is this a good time to phone?
    ¿es buena hora para llamar?
    this is as good a time as any
    es un momento tan bueno como cualquier otro
    it's a good chance for you to meet them
    es una buena ocasión para que los conozcas
    it's a good thing you remembered it
    menos mal que te acordaste
    it's a good job nobody was listening [colloquial]
    menos mal que nadie estaba escuchando
    it would be a good thing to consult her/if she were consulted
    sería bueno or no estaría mal consultárselo/que la consultáramos
    things are looking pretty good right now [colloquial]
    (en este momento) las cosas van muy bien
    you're looking good (US) [colloquial]
    todo va bien
    Example sentences
    • It took us about six months to develop a good code that we all understood.
    • September is a good month to do some heavy digging, especially if you have clay soil.
    • It is a good month to look around gardens, because June is a time of abundance.
  • 4 (advantageous)
    I've had a very good offer
    me han hecho una oferta muy buena
    at a very good price
    a muy buen precio
    she's a good person to have around
    es una persona que conviene tener cerca
    a good person to avoid
    una persona a la que hay que evitar
  • 5 (useful, suitable)
    it's a good book for reference
    es una buena obra de consulta
    burn it; that's all it's good for
    quémalo, no sirve para otra cosa
    it's a good idea to let them know in advance
    convendría or no sería mala idea avisarles de antemano
    good idea!, good thinking!
    ¡buena idea!
    it seemed like a good idea at the time
    en aquel momento nos ( or me etc. ) pareció una buena idea
  • 6 (healthy, wholesome)
    he is in good health
    está bien de salud
    I'm not feeling too good [colloquial]
    no me siento or no me encuentro muy bien
    spinach is good for you
    las espinacas son buenas para la salud or son muy sanas
    all this sun can't be good for your health
    tanto sol no puede ser bueno para la salud
    he drinks more than is good for him
    bebe demasiado or más de la cuenta
    she has been good for him
    ella le ha hecho mucho bien
    marriage seems to be good for her
    parece que el matrimonio le sienta bien
  • 7 (attractive) she's got good looks
    es muy bonita or guapa
    she's got a good figure
    tiene buena figura or buen tipo
    she's got good legs
    tiene buenas piernas
    that dress looks so good on her
    ese vestido le queda or le sienta muy bien
    the picture looks good on that wall
    el cuadro queda bien en esa pared
  • 8 8.1 (virtuous, upright)
    twelve good men and true
    doce hombres justos
    the Good Book
    la Santa Biblia
    Example sentences
    • Finally, everybody thinks that you are a good person by virtue of your job.
    • In the case of the conjoined twins we saw two good moral traditions at work.
    • He had, we must suppose, good moral reasons for seeking to pursue that course of action.
    8.2 (kind) to be good to somebodyshe was very good to me
    fue muy amable conmigo
    se portó muy bien conmigo
    the firm has been very good to me
    la empresa se ha portado muy bien conmigo
    it was very good of you to come
    muchas gracias por venir
    how good of them to take so much trouble!
    ¡qué amabilidad de su parte, tomarse tantas molestias!
    would you be so good as to help me?
    ¿me haría el favor de ayudarme?
    ¿tendría la bondad de ayudarme? [formal]
    your good lady (British) (dated or humorous)
    su señora esposa
    including your good self
    incluyéndolo a usted
    my good man/woman [dated]
    mi buen amigo/buena amiga
    good old Pete
    el bueno de Pete
    8.3 (well-behaved)
    be good
    sé bueno
    pórtate bien
    be a good boy and fetch me my pipe
    sé bueno y tráeme la pipa
    don't do it again, that's or (British) there's a good boy!
    y no lo vuelvas a hacer ¿eh?
    good boy!
    ¡muy bien!
    Example sentences
    • This section of the Code sets out basic rules of good practice that all clubs and individuals must observe.
    • A Swindon primary school is needed to help research links between good behaviour and fish oils.
    • Council solicitor John Emms has had to remind councillors of the importance of good behaviour.
  • 9 9.1 (in greetings)say good night to daddy
    dale las buenas noches a papá
    she kissed me good night
    me dio un beso de buenas noches
    how are you? — I'm good [colloquial]
    ¿cómo estás? — estoy bien
    good morning, → good afternoon, → good evening
    9.2 (in interj phrases) good! now to the next question good for you!
    bien hecho
    good God!
    ¡Dios mío!
    good heavens!
    ¡Santo Cielo!
    good grief/gracious!
    ¡por favor!
    very good sir/madam [formal]
    lo que mande el señor/la señora [formal]
    very good, ma'am, I'll have that report for you right away
    muy bien señora, ahora mismo le traigo el informe
    that's all, sergeant — very good, sir! (British)
    eso es todo sargento— ¡a sus órdenes mi teniente ( or capitán etc. )!
  • 10 (pleasant) to be in a good mood
    estar de buen humor
    the good things in life
    las cosas buenas de la vida
    he loves the good life
    le gusta la buena vida
    we had good weather
    nos hizo buen tiempo
    I hope you have a good time in London
    espero que te diviertas or que lo pases bien en Londres
    did you have a good flight?
    ¿qué tal el vuelo?
    a good time was had by all
    todos disfrutaron muchísimo
    it's good to be back home/to see you again
    ¡qué alegría estar otra vez en casa/volverte a ver!
    it's good to feel the sand between your toes
    es un gustazo sentir la arena entre los dedos
    it's too good to be true
    es demasiado bueno para ser cierto
    I thought it was too good to be true
    ya decía yo que no podía ser verdad
    Example sentences
    • This side have a good hunger and they've got desire and they are good qualities to have.
    • Perhaps Edinburgh people are more confident of having good jobs and money in the future.
    • She was given the task of bringing me up and instilling reasonably good values in me.
  • 11 (decent, acceptable) children from good homes don't do such things
    los niños de buena familia no hacen esas cosas
    to have a good name/reputation
    tener buen nombre/buena reputación
    to make a good marriage
    casarse bien
    hacer una buena boda (Spain)
    they have a good marriage
    son un matrimonio feliz
    he simply isn't good enough for her
    (ella) se merece algo mejor
  • 12 (sound)
    my credit's still good
    todavía tengo crédito
    he should be good for $50,000
    debe poder llegar hasta 50.000 dólares
    she's good for twenty pounds
    seguro que te presta unas veinte libras
    this ticket is good for another week
    este billete vale para una semana más
    this car's good for a few years yet
    a este coche todavía le quedan unos cuantos años por delante
    the ball is good (Sport)
    la pelota es buena
    Example sentences
    • Yet what is said to be good in one religion may not be good in another religion.
    • Merton, confused, answered, “I guess what I want is to be a good Catholic.”
    • A good socialist would not have such aspirations.
  • 13 13.1 (skilled, competent)
    I've finished — good boy/girl!
    ya he terminado — ¡así me gusta! or ¡muy bien!
    he's not a good liar
    no sabe mentir
    he's no good in emergencies
    en situaciones de emergencia no sabe qué hacer
    she's/he's good in bed
    es muy buena/bueno en la cama
    she's very good in the kitchen
    cocina muy bien
    they're better in defense than in attack
    son mejores en la defensa que en el ataque
    she has a very good ear/eye
    tiene muy buen oído/buena vista
    to be good at something/-ingto be good at languages
    tener facilidad para los idiomas
    he is very good at sewing
    cose muy bien
    I'm good at crosswords
    soy bueno para los crucigramas
    he's good at putting his foot in it
    es un experto en meter la pata [colloquial]
    he is good on old coins
    sabe mucho sobre monedas antiguas
    he is good with dogs/children
    tiene buena mano con or sabe cómo tratar a los perros/los niños
    she is good with her hands
    es muy habilidosa or mañosa
    he's very good around the house
    se da mucha maña para los arreglos de la casa
    Example sentences
    • But like a pair of trusty brown brogues, it served its master well and was good at what it did.
    • The best thing about my quiz is that it genuinely measures how good at magic you are.
    • Rev Palmer said she was extremely good at her job as a beauty therapist and was skilled as a masseur and in skin care.
    13.2 (devoted, committed)
    a good Catholic/socialist
    un buen católico/socialista
  • 14 (valid)
    it's not good enough to say you can't do it
    no alcanza or no basta con decir que no puedes hacerlo
    it's simply not good enough!
    ¡esto no puede ser!
    ¡esto es intolerable!
    without good reason
    sin dar una buena razón or una razón de peso
    that's a good question!
    ¡buena pregunta!
    that's a good one! [ironic]
    ¡ésa sí que es buena! [ironic]
    Example sentences
    • This single ride ticket is good for travel on August 10th only.
    • Your ticket is good for travel on all trams, trains or buses.
  • 15 15.1 (substantial, considerable)
    it's a good way
    hay un buen trecho
    it's a good four kilometers
    está a cuatro kilómetros largos
    está a unos buenos cuatro kilómetros
    she's making good money
    está haciendo mucho dinero
    there's a good chance of rain tomorrow
    hay bastantes posibilidades de que llueva mañana
    there were a good many or (British also) a good few people there
    había bastante gente or un buen número de personas allí
    Example sentences
    • I think the accusations against him on this kind of thing go back a good ten years at least.
    • James Goodwin was at least a good three inches shorter AND was half his size when it came to body weight.
    • However, used-car buyers should rejoice in the fact that they at least tried for a good few years.
    Example sentences
    • This weekend is shaping as a very good game and it should be played in front of a good size crowd.
    • The goal spurred the home side on, and cheered by a good sized crowd they looked the more likely to score.
    • The rooms in The Moorings are generous and bright, while the back garden is a good size.
    15.2 (not less than) it'll take a good hour
    va a llevar su buena hora or una hora larga
    a good half of all the people interviewed
    más de la mitad de los entrevistados
    it's a good mile from here
    queda a por lo menos una milla or a una milla larga de aquí
  • 16 (thorough, intense)
    I'll feel better when I've had a good night's sleep
    me sentiré mejor cuando haya dormido bien
    I gave her a good talking-to
    le eché un buen sermón or un sermón de los buenos
    Example sentences
    • Besides, the girl needed to have a good cry, a thorough, good, hard and long cry.
    • He invited many a look of surprise on days when he parked the plane on the front lawn so he could give the garage a good spring clean.
    • Then he gave himself a good shake, and set to the task of a good clean and groom.
  • 17 [colloquial] (for emphasis)I'll do it when I'm good and ready
    lo haré cuando me parezca
    the water's good and hot
    el agua está bien caliente
    it's good and strong
    es bien fuerte
    Example sentences
    • This is fed by conventions used in a good many American mainstream films in particular.
    • She chose an old white dress she hadn't worn in a good many years, so no one would recognize it.
    • Dance in and out, start with a good strong jab and then follow with the power right.
  • 18as good asit's as good as new
    está como nuevo
    you'll soon feel as good as new
    pronto estarás or te sentirás como nuevo
    he as good as admitted it
    prácticamente lo admitió
    she as good as told him to go away
    le dijo poco más o menos que se fuera
    prácticamente le dijo que se fuera


  • 1 1.1 uncountable (moral right) to do good
    hacer el bien
    the triumph of good over evil
    el triunfo del bien (sobre el mal)
    there is some good in everyone
    todos tenemos algo bueno
    he may be rude but there is a lot of good in him
    puede que sea grosero pero tiene muchas otras cosas buenas
    an influence for good
    una influencia beneficiosa
    to be up to no good [colloquial]
    estar tramando algo
    traerse algo entre manos
    Example sentences
    • The clean contrasts of the Manichean universe are what we respond to: good versus evil.
    • None of us would ever wish the evil that has been done to our country, yet we have learned that out of evil can come great good.
    • Total good should outweigh total evil, it should be a last resort and must have the final aim of peace.
    1.2 (people) the good (+ plural verb)
    los buenos
  • 2 uncountable 2.1 (benefit) for the common good
    por el bien común or de todos
    for the good of somebody/something
    por el bien de alguien/algo
    it's for your own good for good or ill
    para bien o para mal
    no good will come of it
    nada bueno saldrá de ello
    it's all to the good
    tanto mejor
    it's all to the good that he did marry her
    hizo bien casándose con ella
    to do somebody/something good
    hacerle bien a alguien/algo
    lying won't do you any good at all
    mentir no te llevará a ninguna parte
    no ganarás or no sacarás nada con mentir
    it did him a lot of good politically
    lo favoreció políticamente
    much good may it do you! [ironic]
    ¡para lo que te va a servir!
    for all the good it has done me …
    para lo que me ha servido …
    to be in good with somebody [colloquial]
    estar a bien con alguien
    Example sentences
    • It is fiscal nonsense not to reap the benefits for the good of their own members.
    • The benefits of watching wild animals outweigh any good that might come from killing them.
    • It doesn't appear that the mass membership suggested by your article is doing the service much good.
    2.2 (use) this knife is no good (at all)
    este cuchillo no sirve (para nada)
    is this any good to you?
    ¿te sirve esto?
    what's the good of lying?
    ¿para qué or de qué sirve mentir?
    ¿qué se gana or se saca con mentir?
    are you any good at drawing?
    ¿sabes dibujar?
    I'm no good at looking after children
    yo no sirvo para cuidar niños
    this book is no good
    este libro no vale nada
    2.3 (in phrases) for good for good and all
    de una vez por todas
  • 3
    also: goods plural
    3.1 (merchandise)
    artículos (masculine plural)
    mercancías (feminine plural)
    mercaderías (feminine plural) (South America)
    manufactured goods
    productos (masculine plural) manufacturados
    manufacturas (feminine plural)
    knitted goods stolen goods
    artículos robados
    to come up with or deliver the goods [colloquial] the singer really delivered the goods
    la cantante estuvo a la altura de lo que se esperaba de ella
    to get/have the goods on somebody (US) [colloquial]
    obtener/tener pruebas contra alguien
    (before noun) (train/wagon) (British)
    de carga
    de mercancías
    de mercaderías (South America)
    Example sentences
    • Instead he is appealing to the better nature of those responsible or anyone who has the goods in their possession now.
    • The country has never really exported enough goods to pay the import bills.
    • It contended that the advertising ban had a greater effect on imported goods than on those produced in Sweden.
    3.2 (property) [formal]
    bienes (masculine plural)
    all his worldly goods
    todas sus posesiones
    goods and chattels (British)


  • 1 (as intensifier) a good hard slap
    un bofetón bien dado
    un buen bofetón
    a good sharp knife
    un cuchillo bien afilado
    it's been a good long while since …
    ha pasado su buen tiempo desde …
    you messed that up good and proper, didn't you? (British) [colloquial]
    metiste bien la pata, ¿no? [colloquial]
  • 2 (US) [colloquial] 2.1 (well) did I do good, Pop?
    ¿lo hice bien, papá?
    Example sentences
    • This technique does seem to work pretty good for me, a little too good sometimes, I think.
    • Now you know I can't sleep very good in a big bed like that.
    • Whatever the hell they do with their instruments, it seems to work pretty damn good.
    2.2 (thoroughly) go after that guy and fix him but good
    sigue a ese tipo y dale una lección bien dada [colloquial]
    now you listen to me, and you listen good
    ahora escúchame, pero escúchame bien
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