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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A doctor and the comely Miss Montague were standing over him.
▪ For Lexandro sported no scars whatever on his comely, olive-complexioned face - only a ruby ring through his slim right nostril.
▪ Perhaps she was never glamorous, nor did she care for make-up, but she was deliciously plump and comely.
▪ The movement revealed her face as it might have been when she was young, comely and a temptation to coachmen.
▪ The very name of this comely and quite small village which is situated to the east of Kingston upon Hull attracts attention.
▪ Though not comely, she possessed a lively mind and exuded a kind of sparkling charm.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Comely \Come"ly\, adv. In a becoming manner.


Comely \Come"ly\ (k[u^]m"l[y^]), a. [Compar. Comelier; superl. Comeliest.] [OE. comeliche, AS. cyml[=i]c; cyme suitable (fr. cuman to come, become) + l[=i]c like.]

  1. Pleasing or agreeable to the sight; well-proportioned; good-looking; handsome.

    He that is comely when old and decrepit, surely was very beautiful when he was young.

    Not once perceive their foul disfigurement But boast themselves more comely than before.

  2. Suitable or becoming; proper; agreeable.

    This is a happier and more comely time Than when these fellows ran about the streets, Crying confusion.

    It is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.
    --Ps. cxlvii. 1.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"beautiful, handsome," c.1400, probably from Old English cymlic "lovely, splendid, finely made," from cyme "exquisite, glorious, delicate," from West Germanic *kumi- "delicate, feeble" (cognates: 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" (compare becoming).


a. 1 (context dated of a person English) pleasing or attractive to the eye. 2 (context archaic English) Suitable or becoming; proper; agreeable.

  1. adj. 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" [syn: becoming, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemly]

  2. very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" [syn: bonny, bonnie, fair]

  3. [also: comeliest, comelier]


Comely (foaled 1912) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by James Butler, owner of the Empire City Race Track, her sire was Disguise who raced in England for owner/breeder James R. Keene and was the winner of the 1900 Jockey Club Stakes and who also ran third in that year's Epsom Derby. Both her grandsire and damsire were elected to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.

Comely is best remembered for a remarkable performance as a two-year-old when she defeated older male horses to win the first running of the Fall Highweight Handicap in 1914. The Comely Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York is named in her honor.

Usage examples of "comely".

An ambitious yet kindly man with a taste for the exotic engendered by the fashion of the day, Aman specified to his djinn servant that a woman for his harem must be comely and well learned in wifely crafts and also be of noble blood among her own people, but must not be so beloved that loss of her would greatly grieve her kin.

She took leave of him with tears in her eyes, entreating him often to visit her in that heathen land of the Amorite, the Hittite, and the Girgashite: to which he assented, on many solemn and qualifying conditions--and then the comely bride retired to her chamber to pray.

Then answered one of his servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a comely person.

He was one of the brownest men she had ever seen, a comely man, a gentleman farmer--obviously.

Another was a black woman, Ethiope or Nubian, and she of course had paddle feet and spindly calves and a behind like a balcony, but she was otherwise fairly comely: pretty face with not too-everted lips, shapely bosom and fine long hands.

And Pryderi, the son of Pwyll the chief of Annwvyn, was brought up carefully as was fit, so that he became the fairest youth, and the most comely, and the best skilled in all good games, of any in the kingdom.

And by and by, there approached a faire and comely mayden, not much unlike to Juno, for she had a Diademe of gold upon her head, and in her hand she bare a regall scepter : then followed another resembling Pallas, for she had on her head a shining sallet, whereon was bound a garland of Olive branches, having in one hand a target or shield : and in the other a speare as though she would fight : then came another which passed the other in beauty, and presented the Goddesse Venus, with the color of Ambrosia, when she was a maiden, and to the end she would shew her perfect beauty, shee appeared all naked, saving that her fine and dainty skin was covered with a thin smocke, which the wind blew hither and thither to testifie the youth and flowre of the age of the dame.

Israelite Yahweh, whom he invoked to protect his flocks, the Philistine Ashtoreth, whom he entreated to send him comely and compliant maidens, and the Midianite Sin, who, though a moon god, seemed to be good for luck in general.

The Reverend Ames MacNall took his in the form of aged brandy, superb cigars, and service provided by a most comely little Piegan girl.

She was a comely, motherly woman, dressed in the primmest fashion in vogue twenty years before in England, among the class to which she belonged.

At the far-off tables that stood nearest the High Table, the only identifiable faces belonged to the comely Lady Rosamonde, eldest daughter of the Duke of Roxburgh, the balding Dowager Marchioness of Netherby-on-the-Fens in her incongruous and outrageously expensive wig of real Talith hair, and the young Talith noblewoman Maiwenna, her good looks framed by naturally acquired gold.

Philesiterus who is comely, beautifull, in the flower of his youth, liberall, courteous, valiant and stout against the diligent pries and watches of your husband, whereby to embrace the worthiest dames of this country, and worthy to weare a crowne of gold, for one part that he played to one that was jealous over his wife.

For she burneth continually, and you by reason of your tender age and comely beauty are capable of her fire and love.

His answering smile gave his face a liveliness that revealed his strong heart, his courage, and an affectionate warmth that brought a touch of red to her own cheeks, seeing that he was a comely man, if rather oldcertainly past forty.

For as soone as she espieth any comely yong man, shee is forthwith stricken with his love, and presently setteth her whole minde and affection on him.