Dictionary.com

seemly

[ seem-lee ]
/ ˈsim li /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: seemly / seemliness on Thesaurus.com

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.
adverb
in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of seemly

1175–1225; Middle English semely<Old Norse sæmiligr honorable; derivative of sœmr (see seem)

OTHER WORDS FROM seemly

seem·li·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use seemly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for seemly

seemly
/ (ˈsiːmlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
proper or fitting
obsolete pleasing or handsome in appearance
adverb
archaic properly or decorously

Derived forms of seemly

seemliness, noun

Word Origin for seemly

C13: from Old Norse sœomiligr, from sœmr befitting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK