Beely vs Seely - What's the difference?

beely | seely |

As adjectives the difference between beely and seely

is that beely is of, relating to or pertaining to bees; apian while seely is (obsolete) lucky, fortunate.

As an adverb beely

is in a beely or beelike manner.

As a verb beely

is .



Etymology 1

From .


  • Of, relating to or pertaining to bees; apian.
  • * 1877 , Elizabeth Anna Hart, Silver wings and golden scales :
  • As for bees, we cannot accuse them of silence, as the peculiar buzzing-sound they make in flying, [...] and which is so very agreeable to our ears when its gentle monotony enlivens the calm of the warm summer air, is, we may hope, a cheerful accompaniment to all beely labours, and as pleasant to those who make it as our voices are to us, [...]
  • * 1950 , Gleanings in bee culture:
  • With their countenance' spaces Planned for beely enterprise [...]


  • In a beely or beelike manner.
  • * 1965 , Murray Hoyt, The world of bees :
  • His effort is to come as near 100 percent as is humanly (and beely ) possible.

    Etymology 2

    Variation of belie.


  • * 1813 , Matteo Bandello, Joseph Haslewood, Giovanni Boccaccio, Palace of pleasure :
  • And were it not that I haue a desire in nothing to beely the author, and lesse will to leaue that which he had wrytten vpon the miserable end [...]



    Alternative forms

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    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Lucky, fortunate.
  • (obsolete) Innocent; harmless.
  • (obsolete) Pitiable, deserving of sympathy; poor, miserable.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.57:
  • *:Whereas the poore, the banished, and seely servants, live often as carelesly and as pleasantly as the other.
  • (obsolete) Trifling, insignificant.
  • (obsolete) Silly, foolish.