One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(typically of a woman) pleasant to look at; attractive.
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, irresistibleView synonyms
- ‘Which football nation is represented by the most comely lady?’
- ‘Aren't Sicilian scoundrels wooing comely American lasses behind every corner?’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Apparently comely Irish maidens are a thing of the past, and women have arrived showing more flesh than fabric.’
- ‘It was an unwritten law that Bridget, for she was most comely, was always the apple of every unmarried man's eye.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Had we become " comely maidens and athletic youths at the crossroads"?’
- ‘When a comely woman flirts with him at a bar, he acts distracted and disinterested.’
- ‘Upon his arrival, he meets a comely woman who is in charge of renovating the church.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I managed to resist the allure of comely females for the rest of the day; but unfortunately, at night time, I relapsed again.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Shall we not at long last spare this good and comely woman from further degradation?’
- ‘For many centuries, goats have actually been polymorphed into comely virgins.’
- ‘In its cast of comely lasses are the prototypical visions found within the boundary of the male fantasy.’
- ‘Their next stop was a witch's kitchen, where Faust caught sight of the image of a comely woman in a mirror.’
- ‘The law was aimed at deterring unscrupulous boardinghouse touts who jumped aboard arriving ships to ply gullible sailors with cheap liquor and comely prostitutes.’
- ‘The comely heroine is in the Cotton city for the first time.’
- 1.1 Agreeable; suitable.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A bottle of Australian Shiraz was a comely accompaniment.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We think comely incentives should be reserved for those big and serious investors say, in mining, agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
Middle English: probably shortened from becomely ‘fitting, becoming’, from become.
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