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goodly Line breaks: good¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʊdli/

Definition of goodly in English:

adjective (goodlier, goodliest)

1Considerable in size or quantity: a goodly number of our countrymen
More example sentences
  • 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.
fairly large, sizeable, substantial, considerable, not inconsiderable, respectable, significant, largish, biggish, decent, decent-sized, generous, handsome;
Scottish & Northern English  bonny
informal tidy, not to be sneezed at, serious
2 archaic Attractive, excellent, or admirable.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡʊdlɪnəs/


Old English gōdlic (see good, -ly1).

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