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

: pleasing in appearance : pretty or attractive


Full Definition of COMELY

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

Related to COMELY

aesthetic (also esthetic or aesthetical or esthetical), attractive, beauteous, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], beautiful, cute, drop-dead, fair, fetching, good, good-looking, goodly, gorgeous, handsome, knockout, likely, lovely, lovesome, pretty, ravishing, seemly, sightly, stunning, taking, well-favored
grotesque, hideous, homely, ill-favored, plain, ugly, unaesthetic, unattractive, unbeautiful, uncomely, uncute, unhandsome, unlovely, unpleasing, unpretty, unsightly
See Synonym Discussion at beautiful

Rhymes with COMELY


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