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seemly

[ 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.

adverb

in a seemly manner; fittingly; becomingly.

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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
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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
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