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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʊdli/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: good‧ly

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).


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.


goodly ‎(comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (obsolete) In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XVII, chapter 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?)