Definition of comely
1 : pleasurably conforming to notions of good appearance, suitability, or proportion Going in with him, they observed that all was neat and comely … — Willa Cather
2 : having a pleasing appearance : not homely or plain a comely young woman
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Examples of comely in a Sentence
a brood of comely children that any parent would be proud to claim
Recent Examples of comely from the Web
This attracts the comely and competent Summer (Alexandra Daddario) and the nerdy and horny Ronnie (Jon Bass).
Back in 2012 when the comely couple were in wedding planning mode, Krupa found questionable text messages from a Mynt coworker on Zago’s phone.
The comely Wonder Woman love interest acknowledges that audiences have trouble picking him apart from other handsome white Chrises currently in movies, namely Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pratt.
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comely Has a Broad and Beautiful History
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 and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of comely
COMELY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of comely for English Language Learners
: pleasing in appearance : pretty or attractive
COMELY Defined for Kids
Definition of comely for Students
: physically attractive
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