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come·ly

 (kŭm′lē)
adj. come·li·er, come·li·est
1. Pleasing and wholesome in appearance; attractive. See Synonyms at beautiful.
2. Suitable; seemly: comely behavior.

[Middle English comli, alteration (probably influenced by bicomli, seemly) of cumli, from Old English cȳmlic, lovely, delicate, from cȳme, beautiful.]

come′li·ness n.

comely

(ˈkʌmlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
archaic good-looking; attractive
[Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably]
ˈcomeliness n

come•ly

(ˈkʌm li, ˈkɒm-, ˈkoʊm-)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; good-looking.
2. proper; seemly; becoming.
[before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely =cȳme exquisite (c. Middle High German kūme weak, tender) + -līc -ly]
come′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.comely - according with custom or propriety; "her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
2.comely - very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens"
beautiful - delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; "a beautiful child"; "beautiful country"; "a beautiful painting"; "a beautiful theory"; "a beautiful party"

comely

adjective
1. (Old-fashioned) good-looking, pretty, fair, beautiful, attractive, lovely, handsome, blooming, cute, graceful, becoming, pleasing, wholesome, bonny, winsome, buxom She was a large, comely girl with a mass of dark brown hair.
homely, plain, ugly, unattractive, distasteful, repulsive, disagreeable, mumsy

comely

adjective
Translations
وَسيم، جَميل
půvabný
kønpæn
csinoskedveskellemes
snotur
dailumasdailus
piemīlīgs
vzhľadný

comely

[ˈkʌmlɪ] ADJ (comelier (compar) (comeliest (superl))) (liter) → lindo

comely

[ˈkʌmli] adj (old-fashioned) [girl, woman] → beau(belle)

comely

adj (+er) (liter)wohlgestaltet (geh)

comely

[ˈkʌmlɪ] adj (liter) → avvenente

comely

(ˈkamli) adjective
(usually of women) pleasant to look at.
ˈcomeliness noun
References in classic literature ?
She was not partic- ularly comely and there was a black smudge on the side of her nose.
Yes, it was exactly like Lena, I told her; a comely woman, a trifle too plump, in a hat a trifle too large, but with the old lazy eyes, and the old dimpled ingenuousness still lurking at the corners of her mouth.
it is the comely offspring of a faithful dam, and would willingly injure naught.
There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one.
For all his tattooings he was on the whole a clean, comely looking cannibal.
She was a comely enough creature, and soft and modest, but, if signs went for anything, she didn't know as much as a lady's watch.
The comely plumpness of her face was matched by the comely plumpness of her figure; it glided smoothly over the ground; it flowed in sedate undulations when she walked.
She lost her colour, and the old and intent expression was a constant, not an occasional, thing; otherwise, she remained very pretty and comely.
Near to the winter fire sat a beautiful young girl, so like that last that Scrooge believed it was the same, until he saw her, now a comely matron, sitting opposite her daughter.
The door was opened by a comely young woman, with ruddy cheeks and a bright kind eye that promised conversation.
She scarse had said, though brief, when now more bold The Tempter, but with shew of Zeale and Love To Man, and indignation at his wrong, New part puts on, and as to passion mov'd, Fluctuats disturbd, yet comely, and in act Rais'd, as of som great matter to begin.
He was comely in countenance, bulky and strong in person, and in the flower of his age yet inanimate in expression, dull-eyed, heavy-browed, inactive and sluggish in all his motions, and so slow in resolution, that the soubriquet of one of his ancestors was conferred upon him, and he was very generally called Athelstane the Unready.