Adjective "comely" definition and examples

(Comely may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkʌmli/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(typically of a woman) pleasant to look at; attractive.
  1. 'When a comely woman flirts with him at a bar, he acts distracted and disinterested.'
  2. 'Aren't Sicilian scoundrels wooing comely American lasses behind every corner?'
  3. 'The law was aimed at deterring unscrupulous boardinghouse touts who jumped aboard arriving ships to ply gullible sailors with cheap liquor and comely prostitutes.'
  4. 'Now the fragments of the treasure map are tattooed on the supple bodies of several comely maidens, and it's a race to be the first to undress them.'
  5. 'Which football nation is represented by the most comely lady?'
  6. 'Here is the comely girl, unwed and great with child, who came to me in tears last month - a young cook in our traveling party is the father.'
  7. 'A newspaper holds a 700 mile horse race, and the usual suspects apply: the comely lady of the night, the young upstart, the grizzled veteran and, err, the animal advocate?'
  8. 'Apparently comely Irish maidens are a thing of the past, and women have arrived showing more flesh than fabric.'
  9. 'The comely heroine is in the Cotton city for the first time.'
  10. 'Shall we not at long last spare this good and comely woman from further degradation?'
  11. 'a comely specimen'
  12. 'A bottle of Australian Shiraz was a comely accompaniment.'
  13. 'Why would Bridget not consent to such a suitable arrangement, with a comely, clever, supremely eligible young man; not consent, moreover, when she was carrying his child?'
  14. 'We think comely incentives should be reserved for those big and serious investors say, in mining, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.'
  15. 'The middle days of our journey bring us two historical highlights as well as a demanding set of eight manually-operated locks on the way to and from the comely village of Stoke Bruerne in South Northamptonshire.'

More definitions

1. pleasing in appearance; attractive; fair: a comely face.

2. proper; seemly; becoming: comely behavior.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be comely."

"countenances can be comely."

"lines can be comely."

"catches can be comely."

"youths can be comely."

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Origin

Middle English: probably shortened from becomely ‘fitting, becoming’, from become.