Definition of goodly in US English:

goodly

adjective

  • 1Considerable in size or quantity.

    ‘we ran up a goodly bar bill’
    • ‘My sister's been storing it for me for the past couple of months and she's getting antsy about getting it out of her house - understandable, since it takes up a goodly chunk of space.’
    • ‘But don't mind that - Helen puts you within 45 minutes of most of the trout in Georgia, and a goodly share of North Carolina's.’
    • ‘Following the Great Depression, when huge chunks of the Canadian population - including a goodly number of the formerly rich - were thrown into poverty, we changed our approach to such things.’
    • ‘And so it was that our canoe slipped gently from beneath us, but not without first lurching sideways to let a goodly amount of the Wye flood into it such that it sank a foot or two beneath the surface of the river shortly after bidding us adieu.’
    • ‘For every litre of petrol which pours from the pumps, 62p is levied by the government and that represents a goodly income for the government.’
    • ‘The brownies vary in size from a few ounces to goodly specimens of 2lb or more.’
    • ‘I spent a goodly proportion of this afternoon upstairs at Artichoke, directly under the roof of the building, wrapping prints for the Bath Affordable Art Fair.’
    • ‘From the expression on the faces of many of them I knew some professor had dragged his class down to the museum and a goodly number of the students wanted to be anywhere but looking at old books.’
    • ‘Not much seems to have been written about this so far, but look for a goodly amount in the near future, as more people are brought out and the stories they tell become common knowledge.’
    • ‘The cousin stated that the hotel was clean and well run, the food excellent, of goodly quantity.’
    • ‘The room was a goodly size, and books filled shelves reaching, in places, from floor to ceiling.’
    • ‘Considering that Switzerland spends a goodly span of time every year under snow, Christian Roeschli began to think of warmer climes in which to continue his life.’
    • ‘A friend of mine has a book which was published commercially in Malaya and which isn't even listed on Amazon, but he has been able to sell a goodly number in his local bookshops, despite that.’
    • ‘After all, before fighting games were popular, a goodly portion of arcade games were shooters, racing games, and side-scrolling platformers.’
    • ‘It may take us a goodly while to get this matter done.’
    • ‘This would be about 15 years ago when, in a former life, I was fortunate enough to be spending a goodly number of my working days at the Lake Nona club just outside Orlando in Florida.’
    • ‘Almost every party game these days comes with a goodly share of surprise gifts that might range all the way from key chains and cuff links, to stationery items and kitchen utensils.’
    • ‘The holidays were fantastic - catching up with a veritable swag of rellies, opening a goodly haul of pressies and gorging myself on many a big dinner and barbeque meal.’
    • ‘The trouble is, if I have an office here, it would save my fledgling business a goodly sum of money, as I'd be able to use the space rent-free, and would only have to pay the cost of materials for refurbishing the office.’
    • ‘The movie version of the musical of Little Shop of Horrors was called Little Shop of Horrors, causing a goodly amount of confusion, especially in the home video market.’
    fairly large, sizeable, substantial, considerable, not inconsiderable, respectable, significant, largish, biggish, decent, decent-sized, generous, handsome
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  • 2archaic Attractive, excellent, or admirable.

    wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, sublime, spectacular, lovely, excellent, fine, delightful, enjoyable, pleasurable
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Origin

Old English gōdlic (see good, -ly).

Pronunciation

goodly

/ˈɡʊdli//ˈɡo͝odlē/