One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who lives righteously, a virtuous person. Now rare.
2Regional. A wealthy or well-to-do person.
3A person who has a sociable and luxurious lifestyle, especially with regard to food and drink; a bon vivant.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Henry Lovelich (fl. 1450), poet. From good + liver.
good liver/ˌɡʊd ˈlɪvə/
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