- pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
- proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.
Origin of comely
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Examples from the Web for comeliness
A standard which covers just the very rudiments of proportion and comeliness.Another Sheaf
And I saw under the worth and the comeliness of the man the humble reality of things.The Shadow-Line
I am jealous of their honour and concerned for the dignity and comeliness of their service.Some Reminiscences
Is there any comeliness in a witch, that a man should desire her?The Arrow-Maker
It was old-fashioned 44 now, though once of proper cut and comeliness.The Singing Mouse Stories
- good-looking; attractive
Word Origin and History for comeliness
"beautiful, handsome," c.1400, probably from Old English cymlic "lovely, splendid, finely made," from cyme "exquisite, glorious, delicate," from West Germanic *kumi- "delicate, feeble" (cf. Old High German chumo "with difficulty," chumig "weak, delicate;" German kaum "hardly, scarcely"). Or perhaps the modern word is from Middle English bicumelic (c.1200) "suitable, exquisite," literally "becomely" (cf. becoming).