adjective, like·li·er, like·li·est.
Origin of likely
Synonyms for likely
Related Words for likelierfair, inclined, possible, feasible, reasonable, expected, acceptable, prone, achievable, anticipated, attainable, conceivable, credible, destined, disposed, favorite, imaginable, liable, ostensible, plausible
Examples from the Web for likelier
Historical Examples of likelier
It is an unlikely hypothesis, but I cannot suggest a likelier.Merry-Garden and Other Stories
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
You saw at a glance which was the likelier man of the two, when they stood opposed.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
I thought it unlikely, and yet likelier than that it should have come from an individual.The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
I never see a likelier lot of rats than what that first haul was.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It's time somebody younger an' likelier to live longer should know.The Brass Bound Box
Word Origin for likely
c.1300, perhaps from Old Norse likligr "likely," from likr "like" (see like (adj.)). Old English had cognate geliclic. Meaning "having the appearance of being strong and capable" is from mid-15c., though now mostly confined to American English; according to OED this sense is perhaps influenced by like (v.). Sense of "good-looking" is from late 15c. Meaning "probably" is attested from late 14c., now principally in American English.
LIKELY. That may be liked; that may please; handsome. In the United States, as a colloquial term, respectable; worthy of esteem; sensible.--Worcester. [Bartlett]
As an adverb, late 14c., from the adjective.