adjective (comelier; -est) Etymology: Middle English comly, alteration of Old English cȳmlic glorious, from cȳme lively, fine; akin to Old High German kūmig weak Date: 13th century 1. pleasurably conforming to notions of good appearance, suitability, or proportion 2. having a pleasing appearance ; not homely or plain Synonyms: see beautifulcomeliness noun

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  • Comely — Come ly (k[u^]m l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Comelier}; superl. {Comeliest}.] [OE. comeliche, AS. cyml[=i]c; cyme suitable (fr. cuman to come, become) + l[=i]c like.] 1. Pleasing or agreeable to the sight; well proportioned; good looking; handsome. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comely — Come ly, adv. In a becoming manner. Ascham. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • comely — beautiful, handsome, c.1400, probably from O.E. cymlic lovely, splendid, finely made, from cyme exquisite, glorious, delicate, from W.Gmc. *kumi delicate, feeble (Cf. O.H.G. chumo with difficulty, chumig weak, delicate; Ger. kaum hardly, scarcely …   Etymology dictionary

  • comely — adj fair, pretty, bonny, handsome, lovely, *beautiful, good looking, beauteous, pulchritudinous Antonyms: homely …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • comely — [adj] beautiful a ten*, attractive, beauteous, becoming, blooming, buxom, fair, fine, good looking, gorgeous, graceful, handsome, nice, pleasing, pretty, pulchritudinous, stunning, wholesome, winsome; concept 579 Ant. bad looking, despicable,… …   New thesaurus

  • comely — ► ADJECTIVE (comelier, comeliest) archaic or humorous ▪ pleasant to look at; attractive. DERIVATIVES comeliness noun. ORIGIN probably shortened from becomely «fitting, becoming» …   English terms dictionary

  • comely — [kum′lē] adj. comelier, comeliest [ME comli < OE cymlic < cyme, lovely, delicate, orig., feeble; akin to MHG kume, weak (Ger kaum, scarcely) < IE base * gou , to cry out > Gr goaein, to groan, bewail] 1. pleasant to look at;… …   English World dictionary

  • comely — UK [ˈkʌmlɪ] / US adjective Word forms comely : adjective comely comparative comelier superlative comeliest old fashioned a comely woman or girl is attractive …   English dictionary

  • comely — comelily, adv. comeliness, n. /kum lee/, adj., comelier, comeliest. 1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face. 2. proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior. [bef. 1000; ME cumli, OE cymlic lovely, equiv. to cyme exquisite (c. MHG …   Universalium

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