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Definition attractive — especially of a woman
  • She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
comely = attractive
  • Near to the winter fire sat a beautiful young girl, so like that last that Scrooge believed it was the same, until he saw her, now a comely matron, sitting opposite her daughter.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • comely = attractive
  • You are more worthy to wear the armour of elf-princes than many that have looked more comely in it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • comely = attractive
  • Pinky watched it for a moment or two, but didn't find it near as comely as butternuts.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • comely = attractive
  • Even if his bewildered soul could have forgotten, there was a faithful woman at this pillow, who, with averted eyes, would have covered that aged face, which she had last beheld in the comeliness of manhood.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • comeliness = attractiveness
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Where indeed would be your lyre and your love-tricks, your comely locks and your fair favour, when you were lying in the dust before him?
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I don't gainsay her being comely to look on, but I will maintain that she's likely to show poor conduct.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Pioneers
  • over it; for in most comely truth thou deservest it.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Much Ado about Nothing
  • Hail, comely and clean
    Marshall, H.E.  --  English Literature For Boys And Girls
  • Well, I hope my young friend will like such a comely sample of his own blood.
    Hardy, Thomas  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman
  • One afternoon McGowan drifted in in his silent, easy way, and sat, comely, smooth-faced, hard, indomitable, good-natured, upon a stool.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • There will be a merry company in the forest; and I well-nigh promised the Black Man that comely Hester Prynne should make one.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • And with her went Eros, and comely Desire followed her at her birth at the first and as she went into the assembly of the gods.
    Homer  --  Collection Of Hesiod, Homer and Homerica
  • The table d'ho^te was served by waitresses dressed in the quaint and comely costume of the Swiss peasants.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • At the appointed time he approached, leading the bride, a comely copper-colored dame attired in her Indian finery.
    Irving, Washington  --  The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, U.S.A., in the Rocky Mountains and the far West
  • As she approached nearer I could see that she was a very comely creature, and like all her sex that I had seen in Caspak, apparently young.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The People That Time Forgot
  • a comely face
  • The door was opened by a comely young woman, with ruddy cheeks and a bright kind eye that promised conversation.
    le Gallienne, Richard  --  The Quest of the Golden Girl
  • She was not partic- ularly comely and there was a black smudge on the side of her nose.
    Anderson, Sherwood  --  Winesberg, Ohio
  • Of comely virtues;
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Life of Timon of Athens

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