- 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 uncomely
The works of Dædalus are described by Pausanias as rude and uncomely in aspect.
Her words were full of pathos; her uncomely face was not beautified by the sorrow in it.The Soul of a People
On the west are ranges of distant hills, low but not uncomely.Angling Sketches
She was uncomely to any eyes but mine, and I would not subject her to unkind criticism.When Grandmamma Was New
Thus Justin Martyr speaks of his appearance as ignoble and uncomely.The Catacombs of Rome
William Henry Withrow
- good-looking; attractive
Word Origin and History for uncomely
"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).