goodly
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈɡʊdli/
Adjective

goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (dated) Good; pleasing in appearance; attractive; comely; graceful; pleasant; desirable.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book VI, canto IX:
      Her goodly thighs, whoſe glory did appear, / Like a triumphal Arch,{{...}
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, 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 I, scene ii], page 166 ↗:
      The diuell can cite Scripture for his purpoſe, / An euill ſoule producing holy witneſſe, / Is like a villaine with a ſmiling cheeke, / A goodly apple rotten at the heart. / O what a goodly outſide falſehood hath.
    • 1866, Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Ballad of Death, in Poems and Ballads, lines 26–27:
      O Sin, thou knowest that all thy shame in her
      Was made a goodly thing.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Then the prince left her and betook himself to the palace of the King his father, who rejoiced in his return and met him and welcomed him; and the Prince said to him, "Know that I have left her without the city in such a garden and come to tell thee, that thou mayst make ready the procession of estate and go forth to meet her and show her the royal dignity and troops and guards." Answered the King, "With joy and gladness"; and straightway bade decorate the town with the goodliest adornment.
  2. Quite large; considerable; sufficient; adequate; more than enough.
    a goodly sum of money
    walking at a goodly pace
Adverb

goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (obsolete) In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, [http://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/cme/MaloryWks2/1:19.22?rgn=div2;view=fulltext chapter xxij], in Le Morte Darthur, book XVII:
      Thenne he sente for the thre knyghtes & they came afore hym / and he cryed hem mercy of that he had done to them / and they forgaf hit hym goodely and he dyed anone / Whanne the kynge was dede / alle the cyte was desmayed and wyst not who myghte be her kynge
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto IX:
      Goodly she entertaind those noble knights, / And brought them vp into her castle hall {{...}
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) Well; excellently.



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