- pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
- proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.
Origin of comely
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Antonyms for comely
Related Words for comelinessdecorum, propriety, decorousness, decency, seemliness, grace, respectability, loveliness, beauty, elegance, fairness, prettiness
Examples from the Web for comeliness
Historical Examples of comeliness
A standard which covers just the very rudiments of proportion and comeliness.Another Sheaf
And I saw under the worth and the comeliness of the man the humble reality of things.The Shadow-Line
I am jealous of their honour and concerned for the dignity and comeliness of their service.Some Reminiscences
Is there any comeliness in a witch, that a man should desire her?The Arrow-Maker
It was old-fashioned 44 now, though once of proper cut and comeliness.The Singing Mouse Stories
- good-looking; attractive
Word Origin for comely
Word Origin and History for comeliness
"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).