Definition of comely in English:



humorous, archaic
  • 1(typically of a woman) pleasant to look at; attractive.

    ‘the comely Italian actress Valeria Golino’
    • ‘With that proclamation, he rushed back up the steps followed by the lead knight, leaving the knights to look worried and confused in front of a group of comely women.’
    • ‘I managed to resist the allure of comely females for the rest of the day; but unfortunately, at night time, I relapsed again.’
    • ‘Which football nation is represented by the most comely lady?’
    • ‘For many centuries, goats have actually been polymorphed into comely virgins.’
    • ‘When a comely woman flirts with him at a bar, he acts distracted and disinterested.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their next stop was a witch's kitchen, where Faust caught sight of the image of a comely woman in a mirror.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Had we become " comely maidens and athletic youths at the crossroads"?’
    • ‘Apparently comely Irish maidens are a thing of the past, and women have arrived showing more flesh than fabric.’
    • ‘Upon his arrival, he meets a comely woman who is in charge of renovating the church.’
    • ‘Their conversation was interrupted when their stagecoach stopped at a small way station and a comely woman with light-brown hair dressed in unattractive dark clothing joined the stage.’
    • ‘Aren't Sicilian scoundrels wooing comely American lasses behind every corner?’
    • ‘Shall we not at long last spare this good and comely woman from further degradation?’
    • ‘The founding fathers of our state might have been interested to know that some of the earliest close-up portraits of their citizens - taken between 1892 and 1911-were of comely maidens reclining nude in various poses.’
    • ‘The comely heroine is in the Cotton city for the first time.’
    • ‘The law was aimed at deterring unscrupulous boardinghouse touts who jumped aboard arriving ships to ply gullible sailors with cheap liquor and comely prostitutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In its cast of comely lasses are the prototypical visions found within the boundary of the male fantasy.’
    • ‘It was an unwritten law that Bridget, for she was most comely, was always the apple of every unmarried man's eye.’
    attractive, good-looking, nice-looking, beautiful, pretty, handsome, lovely, stunning, striking, arresting, gorgeous, prepossessing, winning, fetching, captivating, bewitching, beguiling, engaging, charming, charismatic, enchanting, appealing, delightful, irresistible
    sexy, sexually attractive, sexual, seductive, alluring, tantalizing, ravishing, desirable, sultry, sensuous, sensual, erotic, arousing, luscious, lush, nubile
    fanciable, beddable, tasty, hot, smashing, knockout, drop-dead gorgeous, out of this world, easy on the eye, come-hither, come-to-bed
    cute, foxy, bootylicious
    taking, well favoured
    sightly, pulchritudinous
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    1. 1.1Agreeable; suitable.
      ‘a comely specimen’
      • ‘The building, with the comely address of 11 Spring Street, has inspired conspiracy theories, fear, loathing and - in the pages of the New York Times - utter perplexity.’
      • ‘Only a compound can be beautiful, never anything devoid of parts; and only a whole; the several parts will have beauty, not in themselves, but only as working together to give a comely total.’
      • ‘Two adobo-rubbed lamb chops arrive grilled exactly as ordered, carnivorously comely in their spicy West African peanut sauce and marvelously garnished with a savory minced lamb pie.’
      • ‘In the shares-for-loans feast, they paid $170.1m for a controlling share in NN, producer of half the world's platinoid metals, a fifth of its nickel, and a comely share of its gold and copper.’
      • ‘We think comely incentives should be reserved for those big and serious investors say, in mining, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘As for spider cannibalism, this happens frequently, and usually under different circumstances: Males hot and bothered by comely females will venture forth for the chance to mate.’
      • ‘A bottle of Australian Shiraz was a comely accompaniment.’
      • ‘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.’


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