- pleasing in appearance; fair; handsome
- suitable, proper, fitting, or becoming, esp. as regards conventional standards of conduct or good taste; decorous
Origin of seemlyMiddle English semlich from Old Norse sœmiligr from sœmr, fitting from sœma: see seem
Archaic in a seemly manner; properly, fittingly, etc.
- Conforming to standards of conduct and good taste; suitable: seemly behavior.
- Of pleasing appearance; handsome.
In a seemly manner; suitably.
Origin of seemlyMiddle English semely from Old Norse sœmiligr from sœmr fitting ; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative seemlier, superlative seemliest)
Middle English semely.