from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Quite large; considerable.
- adjective Of pleasing appearance; comely.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In a good manner; gracefully; excellently; kindly.
- Well; properly.
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Pleasant; agreeable; desirable.
- adjective Of pleasing appearance or character; comely; graceful
- adjective Large; considerable; portly.
- adverb obsolete Excellently.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective archaic
good, pleasing in appearance
- adjective archaic Quite large; considerable: a goodly sum.
- adverb obsolete In a goodly way;
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective large in amount or extent or degree
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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.
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,
Fisherman; whereupon Khalifah cried, How goodly is thy bounty, O Tulip!
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,