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[goo d-lee] /ˈgʊd li/
adjective, goodlier, goodliest.
of good or substantial size, amount, etc.:
a goodly sum.
of good or fine appearance.
Archaic. of a good quality:
a goodly gift.
Origin of goodly
before 1000; Middle English; Old English gōdlīc. See good, -ly
Related forms
goodliness, noun
ungoodly, adjective, adverb Unabridged
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  • A goodly pile of letters met her eyes as she opened the drawer.

  • "It seems indeed to be a goodly service," said the tooth-drawer.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I think even now that I might hit any large and goodly mark with a bow like this.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They were a goodly company, and the Innkeepers all but worshipped them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • This goodly universe was intended for the seat of pleasure, unmixed pleasure.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The profusion too, the rich and lavish bounty, of that goodly tavern!

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • And they were consequences that were not goodly to look upon.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • The couple had a goodly sum of money in the house, and they spent it freely.

British Dictionary definitions for goodly


adjective -lier, -liest
considerable: a goodly amount of money
(obsolete) attractive, pleasing, or fine: a goodly man
Derived Forms
goodliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goodly

Old English godlic "goodly, excellent; comely fair;" see good (adj.) + -ly (1).

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