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goodly Syllabification: good·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͝odlē/

Definition of goodly in English:

adjective (goodlier, goodliest)

1Considerable in size or quantity: we ran up a goodly bar bill
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  • The room was a goodly size, and books filled shelves reaching, in places, from floor to ceiling.
  • Considering that Switzerland spends a goodly span of time every year under snow, Christian Roeschli began to think of warmer climes in which to continue his life.
  • The brownies vary in size from a few ounces to goodly specimens of 2lb or more.
large, largish, sizable, substantial, considerable, respectable, significant, decent, generous, handsome
informal tidy, serious


Old English gōdlic (see good, -ly1).



Pronunciation: /ˈɡo͝odlēnəs/

Words that rhyme with goodly

patchouli • nebuly

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