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

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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 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

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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

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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