good·​ly | \ ˈgu̇d-lē How to pronounce goodly (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web There was goodly number of drive-ins scattered around Cleveland and environs for a few decades in the middle of the last century. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Internet movies bring drive-ins to mind: Around The Town," 8 May 2020 In other words, most Americans are disturbed by the epic, endless scale of military spending, and would like a goodly portion of that to be redirected back into the country itself. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders is America's best hope for a sane foreign policy," 7 Jan. 2020 The ball players spent a goodly part of their time picking up these relics and tossing them resoundingly against the white sideboards of the enclosed arena. Rich Campbell,, "The 1932 NFL championship. Indoors at Chicago Stadium. How one of the strangest — and most influential — games in Bears history changed the league.," 9 Dec. 2019 They're reportedly paid $1200 per day—a goodly amount but less than what many of them could make as industry consultants. Ann Finkbeiner, Science | AAAS, "Jason—a secretive group of Cold War science advisers—is fighting to survive in the 21st century," 27 June 2019 For viewers willing to pause and ponder, there’s plenty to relish in Ms. Celmins’s art, and in Mr. Garrels’s bravely commandeering a goodly amount of SFMoMA’s wall space for such quiet, modest works. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory’ Review: Beauty in the Meticulous," 17 Dec. 2018 Lastly, and saddest of all, the Corvette will lose its hood of goodly length, the conspicuous priapism that has defined the mission for 65 years. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 It was rapidly debunked and Whelan was forced to apologize, but a goodly number of conservatives — including Sen. Susan Collins, a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh — believe the doppelgänger theory to this day. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of goodly

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

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“Goodly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of goodly

somewhat old-fashioned : large in size or amount


good·​ly | \ ˈgu̇d-lē How to pronounce goodly (audio) \
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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