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[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.
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Origin of goodly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English gōdlīc. See good, -ly
Related formsgood·li·ness, nounun·good·ly, adjective, adverb
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Examples from the Web for goodliness

Historical Examples

  • All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

  • Seest thou not also what manner of man am I for might and goodliness?


    L. Winstanley

  • It was a home amid the goodliness and the godliness of nature.

  • The earth belongeth to Lorraine, and the goodliness thereof.

    The White Plumes of Navarre

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • The goodliness of this land is one of the things I ache to utter to you, but can't.

British Dictionary definitions for goodliness


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. considerablea goodly amount of money
  2. obsolete attractive, pleasing, or finea goodly man
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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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