adjective seem·ly \ˈsēm-lē\

: proper or appropriate for the situation


Full Definition of SEEMLY

a :  good-looking, handsome
b :  agreeably fashioned :  attractive
:  conventionally proper :  decorous <not seemly to brag about oneself>
:  suited to the occasion, purpose, or person :  fit
seem·li·ness noun
seemly adverb

Examples of SEEMLY

  1. <it would not be seemly to use the memorial service as a forum for your political views>
  2. <a young man of seemly appearance, robust health, and keen intelligence>

Origin of SEEMLY

Middle English semely, from Old Norse sœmiligr, from sœmr fitting
First Known Use: 13th century


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