[ seem-lee ]
/ ˈsim li /
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adjective, seem·li·er, seem·li·est.
fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous: Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly.
suitable or appropriate; fitting: a seemly gesture.
of pleasing appearance; handsome.
in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.
OTHER WORDS FOR seemly
1, 2 right, proper, appropriate, meet.
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Origin of seemly
1175–1225; Middle English semely<Old Norse sæmiligr honorable; derivative of sœmr (see seem)
OTHER WORDS FROM seemlyseem·li·ness, noun
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How to use seemly in a sentence
Under its outward seemliness a million throats are ready to take up the brazen cry of revolution.The Double Four|E. Phillips Oppenheim
Even unlucky devils, such as myself, are not without a certain respect for that which is fitting, for seemliness and etiquette.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
Honor, common sense, seemliness, and conscience seem to belong to the individual domain.
In the Middle Ages very great attention was given to seemliness in the private conduct of individuals.
Torture, persecution, violent measures, would all have been impossible if there had been a sense of seemliness.
British Dictionary definitions for seemly
/ (ˈsiːmlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
proper or fitting
obsolete pleasing or handsome in appearance
archaic properly or decorously
Derived forms of seemlyseemliness, noun
Word Origin for seemly
C13: from Old Norse sœomiligr, from sœmr befitting
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