[goo d-lee]

adjective, good·li·er, good·li·est.

of good or substantial size, amount, etc.: a goodly sum.
of good or fine appearance.
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. 2019

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Historical Examples of goodly

  • A goodly pile of letters met her eyes as she opened the drawer.

  • "It seems indeed to be a goodly service," said the tooth-drawer.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I think even now that I might hit any large and goodly mark with a bow like this.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They were a goodly company, and the Innkeepers all but worshipped them.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This goodly universe was intended for the seat of pleasure, unmixed pleasure.


    William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for goodly


adjective -lier or -liest

considerablea goodly amount of money
obsolete attractive, pleasing, or finea goodly man
Derived Formsgoodliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goodly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper