seemly

  • 1 Seemly — Seem ly (s[=e]m l[y^]), a. [Compar.{Seemlier} (s[=e]m l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Seeliest}.] [Icel. s[ae]miligr, fr. s[ae]mr becoming, fit; akin to samr same, E. same; the sense being properly, the same or like, hence, fitting. See {Seem}, v. i.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 seemly — [sēm′lē] adj. seemlier, seemliest [ME semlich < ON sœmiligr < sœmr, fitting < sœma: see SEEM] 1. pleasing in appearance; fair; handsome 2. suitable, proper, fitting, or becoming, esp. as regards conventional standards of conduct or good… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Seemly — Seem ly (s[=e]m l[y^]), adv. [Compar. {Seemlier}; superl. {Seemliest}.] In a decent or suitable manner; becomingly. [1913 Webster] Suddenly a men before him stood, Not rustic as before, but seemlier clad, As one in city or court or place bred.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 seemly — index appropriate, felicitous, fit, fitting, proper, right (suitable), rightful, seasonable …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 seemly — (adj.) of pleasing or good appearance, early 13c., from O.N. soemiligr, from soemr (see SEEM (Cf. seem)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 seemly — *proper, nice, *decorous, decent Analogous words: fitting, suitable, appropriate, meet (see FIT): congruous, compatible, congenial, consistent, *consonant Antonyms: unseemly …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 seemly — [adj] appropriate, suitable becoming, befitting, comme il faut, compatible, conforming, congenial, congruous, consistent, consonant, correct, decent, decorous, fit, fitting, in good taste, meet, nice, pleasing, proper, suited, timely; concept 558 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 seemly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ conforming to propriety or good taste. DERIVATIVES seemliness noun. ORIGIN Old Norse, fitting ; related to SEEM(Cf. ↑seem) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 seemly — seemliness, n. /seem lee/, adj., seemlier, seemliest, adv. adj. 1. fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous: Your outburst of rage was hardly seemly. 2. suitable or appropriate; fitting: a seemly gesture. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 10 seemly — seem•ly [[t]ˈsim li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) fitting or proper; decorous: Your outburst was hardly seemly[/ex] 2) suitable or appropriate: a seemly gesture[/ex] 3) of pleasing appearance; handsome 4) in a seemly manner; fittingly;… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 seemly — adjective (seemlier; est) Etymology: Middle English semely, from Old Norse sœmiligr, from sœmr fitting Date: 13th century 1. a. good looking, handsome b. agreeably fashioned ; attractive 2. conventionally proper …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 seemly — [[t]si͟ːmli[/t]] ADJ GRADED Seemly behaviour or dress is appropriate in the particular circumstances. [OLD FASHIONED] It wasn t seemly for a boy still in school to be courting a young woman who worked …

    English dictionary

  • 13 seemly — UK [ˈsiːmlɪ] / US [ˈsɪmlɪ] adjective Word forms seemly : adjective seemly comparative seemlier superlative seemliest old fashioned suitable for a particular situation …

    English dictionary

  • 14 seemly — 1. adjective Appropriate. His behavior was perfectly seemly, as befits a gentleman. Ant: unseemly 2. adverb Appropriately, fittingly. The great earthes wombe they open to the sky, / And with sad Cypresse seemely it embra …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 seemly — seem|ly [ˈsi:mli] adj old fashioned [Date: 1100 1200; : Old Norse; Origin: sœmligr, from sœmr; SEEM] suitable for a particular situation or social occasion, according to accepted standards of behaviour ≠ ↑unseemly ▪ It was not seemly for ladies… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 seemly — adjective old fashioned suitable for a particular situation or social occasion, according to accepted standards of behaviour: It would be more seemly to keep quiet about it in front of the guests. opposite unseemly seemliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 seemly — adjective we expect more seemly behavior at our dinner table Syn: decorous, proper, decent, becoming, fitting, suitable, appropriate, apt, apposite, in good taste, genteel, polite, the done thing, right, correct, acceptable, comme il faut A …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 seemly — /ˈsimli / (say seemlee) adjective (seemlier, seemliest) 1. fitting or becoming with respect to propriety or good taste; decent; decorous. 2. of pleasing appearance; handsome. 3. Obsolete suitable. –adverb 4. in a seemly manner; fittingly;… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 seemly — Synonyms and related words: accepted, according to Hoyle, acknowledged, admitted, advantageous, advisable, apposite, appropriate, approved, apropos, apt, becoming, befitting, being done, characteristic, civil, comely, comme il faut, compatible,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 seemly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. decorous, proper, becoming, decent, fitting. See expedience, beauty. Ant., unseemly, improper. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Suitable] Syn. timely, appropriate, suitable; see fit 1 , 2 . 2.… …

    English dictionary for students


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