adjective Archaic.

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

Nearby words

  1. seeker,
  2. seekonk,
  3. seel,
  4. seeland,
  5. seelie,
  6. seem,
  7. seemer,
  8. seeming,
  9. seemingly,
  10. seemly

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

Related formssee·li·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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