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adjective, come·li·er, come·li·est.
  1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
  2. proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.
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Origin of comely

before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely, equivalent to cȳme exquisite (cognate with Middle High German kūme weak, tender, German kaum (adv.) with difficulty, Old High German kūmo) + -līc -ly
Related formscome·li·ly, adverbcome·li·ness, nounun·come·ly, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • The works of Dædalus are described by Pausanias as rude and uncomely in aspect.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327


  • Her words were full of pathos; her uncomely face was not beautified by the sorrow in it.

  • On the west are ranges of distant hills, low but not uncomely.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • She was uncomely to any eyes but mine, and I would not subject her to unkind criticism.

  • Thus Justin Martyr speaks of his appearance as ignoble and uncomely.

    The Catacombs of Rome

    William Henry Withrow

British Dictionary definitions for uncomely


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. good-looking; attractive
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Derived Formscomeliness, noun

Word Origin

Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably
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Word Origin and History for uncomely



"beautiful, handsome," c.1400, probably from Old English cymlic "lovely, splendid, finely made," from cyme "exquisite, glorious, delicate," from West Germanic *kumi- "delicate, feeble" (cf. Old High German chumo "with difficulty," chumig "weak, delicate;" German kaum "hardly, scarcely"). Or perhaps the modern word is from Middle English bicumelic (c.1200) "suitable, exquisite," literally "becomely" (cf. becoming).

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