• IPA: /ˈkʌmli/

comely (comparative comelier, superlative comeliest)

  1. (dated, of a person) Pleasing or attractive to the eye.
    Synonyms: pulchritudinous
    Antonyms: homely
    • 1571, Roger Ascham, Toxophilus, the Schole, or Partitions, of Shooting. Contayned in II Bookes. […], imprinted at London, […]: By Thomas Marshe, OCLC 932903701 ↗; republished in The English Works of Roger Ascham, […], London: Printed for R[obert] and J[ames] Dodsley, […], and J[ohn] Newbery, […], 1761, OCLC 642424485 ↗, book 2, page 162 ↗:
      In ſhootinge at the prickes, haſtye and quicke drawinge is neyther ſure nor yet comely.
    • He that is comely when old and decrepit, surely was very beautiful when he was young.
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      Not once perceive their foul disfigurement / But boast themselves more comely than before.
  2. (archaic) Suitable or becoming; proper; agreeable.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vi]:
      This is a happier and more comely time / Than when these fellows ran about the streets, / Crying confusion.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 147:1 ↗:
      It is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

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