- fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous: Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly.
- suitable or appropriate; fitting: a seemly gesture.
- of pleasing appearance; handsome.
- in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.
Origin of seemly
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Examples from the Web for seemly
More than a bare recital of the wretched facts, therefore, is not seemly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The kindliness of her heart and her desire for the seemly joys of life were unweakened.Within the Law
It is not seemly; moreover, notice must be given and arrangement made.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Things may perhaps occur which it is not seemly your gentle eyes should witness.The Shame of Motley
Whether he was or not, he conceived that he had done the only seemly thing.Mistress Wilding
- proper or fitting
- obsolete pleasing or handsome in appearance
- archaic properly or decorously
Word Origin and History for seemly
"of pleasing or good appearance," also "proper, tasteful, decorous," early 13c., semlich, from Old Norse soemiligr "becoming, honorable," from soemr (see seem). Related: Seemliness. Cf. Old Norse soemleitr "fine to look at."