goodly

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Adjective[edit]

goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (archaic) good, pleasing in appearance
    • Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Ballad of Death, lines 26–27
      O Sin, thou knowest that all thy shame in her
      Was made a goodly thing
  2. (archaic) Quite large; considerable.
    a goodly sum of money
    walking at a goodly pace

Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Adverb[edit]

goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (obsolete) In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XVII, Ch.xxij:
      Thenne he sente for the thre knyghtes & they came afore hym / and he cryed hem mercy of that he had done to them / and they forgaf hit hym goodely and he dyed anone / Whanne the kynge was dede / alle the cyte was desmayed and wyst not who myghte be her kynge
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix:
      Goodly she entertaind those noble knights, / And brought them vp into her castle hall [].
  2. (obsolete) Excellently.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)