American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Quite large; considerable: a goodly sum.
- adj. Of pleasing appearance; comely.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Good-looking; of fair proportions or fine appearance; graceful; well-favored; well formed or developed: as, a goodly person; goodly raiment.
- Pleasant; agreeable; desirable.
- Considerable; rather large or great: as, a goodly number.
- In a good manner; gracefully; excellently; kindly.
- Well; properly.
- adj. archaic good, pleasing in appearance
- adj. archaic Quite large; considerable: a goodly sum.
- adv. obsolete In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. obsolete Excellently.
- adj. Pleasant; agreeable; desirable.
- adj. Of pleasing appearance or character; comely; graceful.
- adj. Large; considerable; portly.
- adj. large in amount or extent or degree
“Fisherman; whereupon Khalifah cried, How goodly is thy bounty, O Tulip!”
“Princess (and indeed she was drowned in the sea of her desire and the fire of her passion and love-longing) broke out, O my nurse, how goodly is this youth!”
“And how goodly is the saying of another and how excellent,”
“Excuse me, for I thought not that the Sultan would come hither; and, had I known that, I would have killed a couple of chickens and entertained him in goodly guise.”
“There he and his companions were entertained in goodly fashion, feasting every day and holding pious disputations.”
“Pastors 'wives and village teachers were found in goodly number, while not a few of the quiet home keepers had left the family cares for a few days that they, too, might sit at the feet of Jesus in company with other sisters and learn what He would have them to do in order that His kingdom might be quickly extended.”
“Then this blessed lady, seeing this, called him by his name goodly and said: Brother Adrian, dread ye nothing, for I am come to you for your good honour and profit.”
“a beginning to this new Christian community, I baptized a goodly number of children already capable of reason.”
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 12 of 55 1601-1604 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
“When the Caliph heard this, he said, “O Ja’afar, how goodly is that voice!””
“Every seventh day his governors reported to the King what his son had learnt and mastered, whereby Jali’ad became proficient in goodly learning and fair culture, and the Olema said to him,”
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