adjective, seem·li·er, seem·li·est.
Origin of seemly
Synonyms for seemly
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Historical Examples of seemly
It was not seemly that the lama, and incidentally himself, should be thrown aside for such an one.Kim
No church sentiments, no feeling for what is seemly and in order—there has been no resident on the estates for so many years.The Days of My Life
It was not seemly for them to be idling in the drawing-rooms.Halcyone
From this ensample we may learn that it is not seemly to love, and tell.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France
Marie de France
Ignore his claims as she would, Mrs. Ryle felt it would not be seemly to discuss before him Treve's chance of succession.Trevlyn Hold
Mrs. Henry Wood
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for seemly
"of pleasing or good appearance," also "proper, tasteful, decorous," early 13c., semlich, from Old Norse soemiligr "becoming, honorable," from soemr (see seem). Related: Seemliness. Cf. Old Norse soemleitr "fine to look at."