[ see-lee ]

  1. insignificant or feeble; poor.

  2. happy; auspicious.

  1. good; pious; blessed.

  2. foolish; simple-minded.

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

Words Nearby seely Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seely in a sentence

  • I do declare, seely Matthews, with yore free thinkin' an' free speakin', you 're put' nigh a infidel.

    The Uncalled | Paul Laurence Dunbar