(comparative more seely, superlative most seely)
- (obsolete) Lucky, fortunate.
- (obsolete) Innocent; harmless.
- (obsolete) Pitiable, deserving of sympathy; poor, miserable.
- (obsolete) Trifling, insignificant.
- (obsolete) Silly, foolish.
From Middle English sely, from Old English *sǣliġ (“blessed”) (attested only in form ġesǣliġ), from Proto-Germanic *sēlīgaz (“lucky, happy”), equivalent to seel + -y. Cognate with West Frisian sillich, Dutch zalig, German selig. Developed into silly.