What does seemly mean?

Definitions for seemly
ˈsim liseem·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemlyadjective

    according with custom or propriety

    "her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior"


  1. seemlyadverb

    Appropriately, fittingly.

  2. seemlyadjective


    His behavior was perfectly seemly, as befits a gentleman.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SEEMLYadjective

    Decent; becoming; proper; fit.

    Etymology: soommeligt, Danish, from soome, Islandick, honour or decency.

    Suspence of judgment and exercise of charity were safer and seemlier for Christian men, than the hot pursuit of these controversies. Richard Hooker.

    I am a woman, lacking wit
    To make a seemly answer to such persons. William Shakespeare, H. VIII.

    The wife safest and seemliest by her husband stays. John Milton.

    May we enjoy
    Our humid products, and with seemly draughts
    Enkindle mirth and hospitable love. Phillips.

  2. Seemlyadverb

    In a decent manner; in a proper manner.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    There, seemly rang’d in peaceful order, stood
    Ulysses’ arms, now long disus’d to blood. Alexander Pope.


  1. seemly

    Seemly refers to something that is appropriate, fitting, or suitable in relation to conventional standards or social norms. It often implies a sense of propriety, decorum, or good taste.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seemlyverb

    suited to the object, occasion, purpose, or character; suitable; fit; becoming; comely; decorous

  2. Seemly

    in a decent or suitable manner; becomingly

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seemly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seemly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of seemly in a Sentence

  1. Homer:

    It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair. But when dogs shame the gray head and gray chin and nakedness of an old man killed, it is the most piteous thing that happens among wretched mortals.

  2. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    If it is not seemly, do it not if it is not true, speak it not.

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  • schicklich, vernünftig, anständig, korrekt, gesittet, angebracht, passendGerman
  • adecuado, decente, ubicadoSpanish
  • պատշաճArmenian
  • passandeSwedish

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