[goo d-lee]
adjective, good·li·er, good·li·est.
  1. of good or substantial size, amount, etc.: a goodly sum.
  2. of good or fine appearance.
  3. Archaic. of a good quality: a goodly gift.

Origin of goodly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gōdlīc. See good, -ly
Related formsgood·li·ness, nounun·good·ly, adjective, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for goodliness


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. considerablea goodly amount of money
  2. obsolete attractive, pleasing, or finea goodly man
Derived Formsgoodliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goodliness


Old English godlic "goodly, excellent; comely fair;" see good (adj.) + -ly (1).

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