[ seem-lee ]
/ ˈsim li /

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.

Origin of seemly

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

Related forms

seem·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for seemliness


/ (ˈsiːmlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

proper or fitting
obsolete pleasing or handsome in appearance


archaic properly or decorously

Derived Forms

seemliness, noun

Word Origin for seemly

C13: from Old Norse sœomiligr, from sœmr befitting
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