goodly

adjective good·ly \ ˈgu̇d-lē \
Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

Definition of goodly

goodlier; goodliest
1 : pleasantly attractive
2 : significantly large : considerable
  • a goodly number

Examples of goodly in a Sentence

  1. $10,000 is a goodly reward to offer for a missing wedding ring

  2. a goodly number of people gathered to watch the spectacle

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First Known Use of goodly

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GOODLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of goodly for English Language Learners

  • : large in size or amount


GOODLY Defined for Kids

goodly

adjective good·ly \ ˈgu̇d-lē \

Definition of goodly for Students

goodlier; goodliest
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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