seemly

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adjective seem·ly \ˈsēm-lē\

Definition of seemly

seemlier

seemliest

  1. 1a :  good-looking, handsomeb :  agreeably fashioned :  attractive

  2. 2 :  conventionally proper :  decorous <not seemly to brag about oneself>

  3. 3 :  suited to the occasion, purpose, or person :  fit

seemliness

noun

seemly

adverb

Examples of seemly in a sentence

  1. <it would not be seemly to use the memorial service as a forum for your political views>

  2. <a young man of seemly appearance, robust health, and keen intelligence>

Origin and Etymology of seemly

Middle English semely, from Old Norse sœmiligr, from sœmr fitting


First Known Use: 13th century


SEEMLY Defined for English Language Learners

seemly

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adjective seem·ly \ˈsēm-lē\

Definition of seemly for English Language Learners

  • : proper or appropriate for the situation



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