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seely

[see-lee] /ˈsi li/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
insignificant or feeble; poor.
2.
happy; auspicious.
3.
good; pious; blessed.
4.
foolish; simple-minded.
Origin of seely
1000
before 1000; Middle English sely, Old English gesǣlig happy, equivalent to sǣl happiness + -ig -y1; cognate with Dutch zalig, German selig; akin to Old Norse sæll, Gothic sēls good, Old English sēl better; see silly
Related forms
seelily, adverb
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