suitable; proper; becoming: planned with a befitting sense of majesty.

Origin of befitting

First recorded in 1555–65; befit + -ing2
Related formsbe·fit·ting·ly, adverbbe·fit·ting·ness, nounun·be·fit·ting, adjectivewell-be·fit·ting, adjective

Synonyms for befitting

Antonyms for befitting Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for befittingly

Contemporary Examples of befittingly

Historical Examples of befittingly

  • Both, like epaulets or tassels, were worn lightly and befittingly.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • In the town of Chesterfield the Centenary was celebrated most befittingly.

  • A measure was introduced benefiting the Sangamon district, so that its electee might befittingly push it, and defend it.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • A little feast was prepared for the occasion, and my many friends were dressed, all in their Sunday clothes, befittingly.

  • Having arrived at such a perfect understanding, they separated in a befittingly cheerful spirit.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1

    Armando Palacio Valds

Word Origin and History for befittingly



1560s, present participle adjective from befit (q.v.). Related: Befittingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper