comely

[ kuhm-lee ]
/ ˈkʌm li /

adjective, come·li·er, come·li·est.

pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.
proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.

Nearby words

  1. comedown,
  2. comedy,
  3. comedy of errors,
  4. comedy of errors, the,
  5. comedy of manners,
  6. comenius,
  7. comenius, john amos,
  8. comer,
  9. comes,
  10. comestible

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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comely

/ (ˈkʌmlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

good-looking; attractive
Derived Formscomeliness, noun

Word Origin for comely

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

comely

adj.

"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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