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Seely \Seel"y\, a. See Silly. [Obs.]


a. 1 (context obsolete English) lucky, fortunate. 2 (context obsolete English) innocent; harmless. 3 (context obsolete English) pitiable, deserving of sympathy; weak; poor, miserable. 4 (context obsolete English) trifling, insignificant. 5 (context obsolete English) silly, foolish.


Seely is a variation of the English and Anglo-Irish Sealy surname, and may refer to:

  • Brad Seely (born 1956), American football coach
  • Charles Seely (1803–1887), British politician
  • Sir Charles Seely, 1st Baronet (1833–1915), British industrialist and politician
  • Sir Charles Seely, 2nd Baronet (1859–1926), British industrialist, landowner and politician
  • Clinton B. Seely (born 1941), American academic and translator
  • David Seely (pioneer), (1819 - 1892), a pioneer settler, businessman and politician of San Bernardino
  • David Seely, 4th Baron Mottistone (1920–2011), British peer
  • Horace Seely-Brown, Jr. (1908–1982), American politician
  • Hugh Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood (1898–1970), British politician
  • J. E. B. Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone (1868–1947), British soldier and politician
  • James M. Seely, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller), (December 18, 1988-January 1990)
  • Jeannie Seely (born 1940), American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star
  • Joe Seely (born 1960), American actor
  • Tim Seely (born 1935), British movie and theatre actor
Seely (band)

Seely was a dream pop band from Atlanta, Georgia formed in 1994. They released four albums before disbanding in 2000.

Usage examples of "seely".

And by the way he chaunced to espyOne sitting idle on a sunny bancke,To whom auaunting in great brauery,As Peacocke, that his painted plumes doth prancke,He smote his courser in the trembling flancke,And to him threatned his hart-thrilling speare:The seely man seeing him ryde so rancke,And ayme at him, fell flat to ground for feare,And crying Mercy lowd, his pitious hands gan reare.