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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of comely

comeliercomeliest

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

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

comeliness noun

Examples of comely in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Although comely is now typically used to describe the appearance of human beings, it was once used more broadly of other appealing things, such as fine clothing. Comely can be traced back to an Old English word meaning "lovely, glorious, or fine." If you're looking to pretty up your prose or poetry with additional words meaning "beautiful," English is well-supplied with them. Aside from beautiful itself, we have lovely, handsome, pretty, fair, good-looking, gorgeous, ravishing, and even well-favored.

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


COMELY Defined for Kids

comely

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adjective come·ly \ˈkəm-lē\

Definition of comely for Students

comeliercomeliest

  1. :  physically attractive





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