goodly

adjective

good·​ly ˈgu̇d-lē How to pronounce goodly (audio)
goodlier; goodliest
1
: pleasantly attractive
2
: significantly large : considerable
a goodly number

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of goodly was before the 12th century

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“Goodly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goodly. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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goodly

adjective
good·​ly ˈgu̇d-lē How to pronounce goodly (audio)
goodlier; goodliest
1
: of pleasing appearance
2
: large, considerable
a goodly number

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