- 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 comely
Her comely face was slightly flushed, doubtless with the exercise of walking.In the Midst of Alarms
Of all the sons of the plain, the bravest, and the most comely, was Edwin.Imogen
His face was comely as a damsel's, his eyes blue and his hair golden.
Assuredly he will die of it—and he so young, Peppino, and so comely to behold!
No one could get on terms with those fresh and comely young monsters!Chance
- good-looking; attractive
Word Origin and History for comely
"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).