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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English comly, cumly, cumlich, from Old English cymlīċ, cȳmlīċ (compare Old English cȳme (fine, exquisite), from Proto-Germanic *kūmiz (delicate)), from Proto-Germanic *kūmalīkaz (pitiful, dear). Cognate with Middle Dutch komlick, komelick, Middle High German komelīh, gomelīh.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌmli/
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AdjectiveEdit

comely (comparative comelier or more comely, superlative comeliest or most comely)

  1. (dated, of a person) Pleasing or attractive to the eye.
    Synonym: pulchritudinous
    Antonym: homely (of a person)
  2. (archaic) Suitable or becoming; proper; agreeable.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      This is a happier and more comely time / Than when these fellows ran about the streets, / Crying confusion.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Psalms cxlvii. 1
      It is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

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