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[goo d-lee] /ˈgʊd li/
adjective, goodlier, goodliest.
of good or substantial size, amount, etc.:
a goodly sum.
of good or fine appearance.
Archaic. of a good quality:
a goodly gift.
Origin of goodly
before 1000; Middle English; Old English gōdlīc. See good, -ly
Related forms
goodliness, noun
ungoodly, adjective, adverb Unabridged
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  • The southern ladies alighted to rest on the sea-strand, and fell to spinning their goodly linen.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Knowing how much I desired to make a goodly show, he whispered an order.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • For them He makes the deer and moose, for them the fishes swim, And all the fowls in woods and air are goodly gifts from Him.

  • A goodly thing— We all say, friends, it is a goodly thing To right that England.

    Browning's England Helen Archibald Clarke
  • There was a murmur of applause as the bearers set down the stretcher and displayed a goodly cask.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Of treaties and conventions he had signed a goodly number and broken some.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • I gathered together a goodly number of friends to assist the Archduke Albert in Flanders: bought horses, and laid in powder.

    It Might Have Been Emily Sarah Holt
  • Upon this goodly foundation he reared his mountain of affront.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for goodly


adjective -lier, -liest
considerable: a goodly amount of money
(obsolete) attractive, pleasing, or fine: a goodly man
Derived Forms
goodliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goodly

Old English godlic "goodly, excellent; comely fair;" see good (adj.) + -ly (1).

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