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seely

[ see-lee ]
/ ˈsi li /
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adjective Archaic.

insignificant or feeble; poor.
happy; auspicious.
good; pious; blessed.
foolish; simple-minded.

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Origin of seely

before 1000; Middle English sely,Old English gesǣlig happy, equivalent to sǣl happiness + -ig-y1; cognate with Dutch zalig,German selig; akin to Old Norse sæll,Gothic sēls good, Old English sēl better; see silly

OTHER WORDS FROM seely

see·li·ly, adverb

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