AskDefine | Define comely

Dictionary Definition

comely adj
1 according with custom or propriety; "her becoming modesty"; "comely behavior"; "it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"; "a decent burial"; "seemly behavior" [syn: becoming, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemly]
2 very pleasing to the eye; "my bonny lass"; "there's a bonny bay beyond"; "a comely face"; "young fair maidens" [syn: bonny, bonnie, fair] [also: comeliest, comelier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. In the context of "of a person": Pleasing or attractive to the eye.


pleasing or attractive to the eye
  • Dutch: bevallig
  • German: hübsch (1), ansehnlich (1)
  • Hungarian: kedves, kellemes, csinos
  • Spanish: lindo
  • Slango: cumly

Extensive Definition

Comely (foaled 1912) was an American Thoroughbred filly racehorse. Bred and raced by James Butler, owner of the Empire City Race Track, her sire was Disguise who raced in England for owner/breeder James R. Keene and was the winner of the 1900 Jockey Club Stakes and who also ran third in that year's Epsom Derby. Both her grandsire and damsire were elected to the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame.
Comely is best remembered for a remarkable performance as a two-year-old when she defeated older male horses to win the first running of the Fall Highweight Handicap in 1914. The Comely Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York is named in her honor.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Junoesque, agreeable, amply endowed, appealing, appropriate, apt, attractive, beauteous, beautiful, becoming, befitting, bonny, braw, built, built for comfort, buxom, callipygian, callipygous, civilized, clean, clean-cut, comme il faut, conforming, correct, curvaceous, curvy, fair, felicitous, fit, fitting, goddess-like, good-looking, goodly, handsome, happy, inspired, just, likely, lovely, lovely to behold, neat, nice, personable, pleasing, pneumatic, presentable, pretty, proper, pulchritudinous, seemly, shapely, sightly, slender, stacked, statuesque, trim, well-built, well-chosen, well-expressed, well-favored, well-formed, well-made, well-proportioned, well-put, well-shaped, well-stacked, wholesome, winsome
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