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comely

[kuhm-lee] /ˈkʌm li/
adjective, comelier, comeliest.
1.
pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair:
a comely face.
2.
proper; seemly; becoming:
comely behavior.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English cumli, Old English cȳmlīc lovely, equivalent to cȳme exquisite (cognate with Middle High German kūme weak, tender, German kaum (adv.) with difficulty, Old High German kūmo) + -līc -ly
Related forms
comelily, adverb
comeliness, noun
uncomely, adjective
Synonyms
1. pretty, handsome, beautiful, good-looking, personable.
Antonyms
1. unattractive.
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comely

/ˈkʌmlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
good-looking; attractive
Derived Forms
comeliness, noun
Word Origin
Old English cӯmlīc beautiful; related to Old High German cūmi frail, Middle High German komlīche suitably
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Word Origin and History for uncomely
comely
O.E. cymlic "lovely, splendid, finely made," from cyme "exquisite, glorious, delicate," from W.Gmc. *kumi- "delicate, feeble." Or perhaps the modern word is from M.E. bicumelic "suitable, exquisite," lit. "becomely."
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