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comely

[ kuhm-lee ]
/ ˈkʌm li /
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adjective, come·li·er, come·li·est.
pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.
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Origin of comely

First recorded before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc “lovely,” equivalent to cȳme “exquisite” (cognate with Middle High German kūme “weak, tender,” German kaum (adverb) “with difficulty,” Old High German kūmo ) + -līc -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM comely

come·li·ly, adverbcome·li·ness, nounun·come·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for comely

comely
/ (ˈkʌmlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
good-looking; attractive

Derived forms of comely

comeliness, noun

Word Origin for comely

Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably
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