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

Definition of goodly

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
Recent Examples on the Web The drafting committee spent a goodly amount of time discussing this issue and considered many alternatives. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Over the years, the Navy has collected a goodly amount of data to inform battle-damage models. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Shouldn’t the board take into consideration what a goodly number of owners want? Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 17 Dec. 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 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goodly

: 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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2 : large, considerable a goodly amount

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