adjective, come·li·er, come·li·est.
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- comedy of errors, the,
- comedy of manners,
- comenius, john amos,
Origin of comely
Examples from the Web for comely
Our biggest network comedy stars have almost all had a trim figure and a comely face.
Shortly after midnight, she and her comely 21-year-old daughter, Beatrice, disappeared.
There was no hint of the comely roughness of untidy ivy on a ruin.Incredible Adventures|Algernon Blackwood
Husband and wife work together; just now the latter, a comely young woman, is eating her dinner of dry bread and green pickles.How the Other Half Lives|Jacob A. Riis
Comely the creature is, but the comeliness is not of this world.Eothen|A. W. Kinglake
Never had he seemed so fair in her sight—tall and comely as a young pine, of a beauty beyond that of any man she had ever seen.Pharais and The Mountain Lovers|Fiona Macleod
Philammon stooped, and lifted from the ground a comely negro-woman, weeping, and shivering in a few tattered remnants of clothing.Hypatia|Charles Kingsley
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for comely
"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).