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goodman (3 evolved from the use in 2 ii)
1. husband Shr. Ind. ii. 107 “I am your goodman.”
2. prefixed to (i) designations of occupation Ham. V. i. 14 “ delver” ; (ii) names of persons under the rank of gentlemen, esp. yeomen or farmers Ado III. v. 10 “ Verges,” LLL. IV. ii. 37 “ Dull,” 2H4 V. iii. 91 “ Puff of Barson” ; hence (iii) allusively, jocularly, or ironically Meas. V. i. 324 “ baldpate,” Tw.N. IV. ii. 145 “ drivel,” 1H4 II. iv. 107 “ Adam,” 2H4 V. iv. 31 “ death! bones!,” Lr. II. ii. 49 “goodman boy.”
3. yeoman LLL. I. i. 306 “I'll lay my head to any goodman's hat.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 2.2
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 2.4
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 4.2
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