- 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
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Examples from the Web for goodly
A goodly number seem to have been debating over Yair Lapid and someone else.Voting By Process Of Elimination
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This breathes life into goodly intentions, particularly those aimed at helping small groups or community efforts.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
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A goodly pile of letters met her eyes as she opened the drawer.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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"It seems indeed to be a goodly service," said the tooth-drawer.
I think even now that I might hit any large and goodly mark with a bow like this.
They were a goodly company, and the Innkeepers all but worshipped them.Little Dorrit
This goodly universe was intended for the seat of pleasure, unmixed pleasure.Imogen
- considerablea goodly amount of money
- obsolete attractive, pleasing, or finea goodly man
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Word Origin and History for goodly
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