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[kuhm-lee] /ˈkʌm li/
adjective, comelier, comeliest.
pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair:
a comely face.
proper; seemly; becoming:
comely behavior.
Origin of comely
before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely, equivalent to cȳme exquisite (cognate with Middle High German kūme weak, tender, German kaum (adv.) with difficulty, Old High German kūmo) + -līc -ly
Related forms
comelily, adverb
comeliness, noun
uncomely, adjective
1. pretty, handsome, beautiful, good-looking, personable.
1. unattractive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for comeliness
Historical Examples
  • A standard which covers just the very rudiments of proportion and comeliness.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • And I saw under the worth and the comeliness of the man the humble reality of things.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • I am jealous of their honour and concerned for the dignity and comeliness of their service.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • Is there any comeliness in a witch, that a man should desire her?

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • It was old-fashioned 44 now, though once of proper cut and comeliness.

  • Comely the creature is, but the comeliness is not of this world.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • If one be calm and resolute he can look upon their comeliness and live.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • To her, for all his comeliness, he was loathsome as a leper, terrible as a beast of prey.


    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • They see in him neither form nor comeliness, and there is no beauty in him that they should desire him.

  • Whatever of comeliness she might ever have had was now and forever gone from her.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for comeliness


adjective -lier, -liest
good-looking; attractive
Derived Forms
comeliness, noun
Word Origin
Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably
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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).

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