[[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; becomingly
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME semely < ON sæmiligr honorable seem′li•ness, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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