One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or fact of conducting oneself well; good, proper, or virtuous conduct.
2In plural Good deeds; virtuous actions.
3The fact or condition of doing well or thriving; welfare, good health; prosperity, success. Compare "well-being", well-doing. Now archaic and rare.
1That behaves in an admirable or righteous manner; †valiant (obsolete); beneficent; diligent in performance of work or duty; virtuous, respectable. Now rare.
2Scottish and Irish English (northern). Prosperous, successful; thriving.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From well + doing<br>Old English; earliest use found in King Alfred (c848–899), king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons. From well + doing, present participle of do.
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