good·​ly | \ˈgu̇d-lē \
goodlier; goodliest

Definition of goodly 

1 : pleasantly attractive

2 : significantly large : considerable a goodly number

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Examples of goodly in a Sentence

$10,000 is a goodly reward to offer for a missing wedding ring a goodly number of people gathered to watch the spectacle

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And that is a condition that envelops a goodly number of people everywhere. Los Angeles Times Staff,, "A Star Is Born: Sidney Poitier turns 91 today," 20 Feb. 2018 The ducks will join a goodly number of their relatives that have already made the jump down the Central Flyway to Texas. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Conditions come together for a bountiful waterfowl season," 28 Oct. 2017 The three senators receiving an offer of help from Trump are a goodly portion of the incumbents under fire from Bannon. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Will It Be Trump Versus Bannon in 2018 Senate Primaries?," 19 Oct. 2017 Once upon a time, people went to Tryall and remained there for a goodly spell. Town & Country, "Take the Money and Run," 6 Dec. 2012 A goodly share of its production cost was pumped into its state-of-the-art special effects. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "Visual-effects wizard looks back as ‘Terminator 2’ returns in 3D," 21 Aug. 2017 As night follows day, Democrats went apoplectic over Comey’s ouster, aiming a goodly amount of their wrath at Rosenstein. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump Has Himself, Not Sessions, to Blame for the Limitless Mueller Investigation," 22 July 2017 That’s because customers pay only a portion of the fares shown on their Uber smartphone apps; much, if not most, of the cost is covered by the company’s venture investors — that’s where a goodly portion of their investments has been burned up. Michael Hiltzik,, "With Travis Kalanick out, we'll see the real value of Uber — and it won't be pretty," 21 June 2017 There are a goodly number of Chicano students at UCSD — and students who identify themselves with other Latin-American cultural traditions — who attend our performances. George Varga,, "New UCSD ArtPower season to showcase multicultural artists, messages," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of goodly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of goodly

: large in size or amount


good·​ly | \ˈgu̇d-lē \
goodlier; goodliest

Kids Definition of goodly

1 : of pleasing appearance But after a while she finds that beneath this goodly exterior, all is vanity …— Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer

2 : large, considerable a goodly amount

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