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comely

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adjective come·ly \ˈkəm-lē also ˈkōm- or ˈkäm-\

Simple Definition of comely

  • : pleasing in appearance : pretty or attractive

Full Definition of comely

come·li·ercome·li·est

  1. 1 :  pleasurably conforming to notions of good appearance, suitability, or proportion

  2. 2 :  having a pleasing appearance :  not homely or plain

come·li·ness noun

Examples of comely

  1. <a brood of comely children that any parent would be proud to claim>



Origin of comely

Middle English comly, alteration of Old English cȳmlic glorious, from cȳme lively, fine; akin to Old High German kūmig weak


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of comely

beautiful, lovely, handsome, pretty, comely, fair mean exciting sensuous or aesthetic pleasure. beautiful applies to whatever excites the keenest of pleasure to the senses and stirs emotion through the senses <beautiful mountain scenery>. lovely is close to beautiful but applies to a narrower range of emotional excitation in suggesting the graceful, delicate, or exquisite <a lovely melody>. handsome suggests aesthetic pleasure due to proportion, symmetry, or elegance <a handsome Georgian mansion>. pretty often applies to superficial or insubstantial attractiveness <a painter of conventionally pretty scenes>. comely is like handsome in suggesting what is coolly approved rather than emotionally responded to <the comely grace of a dancer>. fair suggests beauty because of purity, flawlessness, or freshness <fair of face>.

Rhymes with comely



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