Goodly meaning

go͝od'lē
The definition of goodly is something large in size, or something attractive or admirable.

When you have a huge supply of food stocked in your freezer, this is an example of having a goodly supply.

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Quite large; considerable.

A goodly sum.

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Of pleasing appearance; comely.
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Of attractive appearance; good-looking.
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Of good quality; fine.
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Rather large; ample.

A goodly sum.

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(archaic) Good, pleasing in appearance.
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(archaic) Quite large; considerable: a goodly sum.
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1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix.

Goodly she entertaind those noble knights, / And brought them vp into her castle hall [...].

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Origin of goodly

  • From Middle English goodly, goodlich, gōdlich, from Old English gōdlīċ (“good, goodly”), from Proto-Germanic *gōdalīkaz (“good, goodly”), equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with German gütlich (“friendly”), Icelandic góðlegur (“benign”).
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  • From Middle English goodly, goodliche, gōdliche, from Old English gōdlīċe (“goodly”), from the adjective, equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with Middle High German guotlīche, güetlīche.
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