English - Etymology
From Middle English semen "to seem, befit, be becoming" from Old Norse sœma (“to conform to, beseem, befit”) (> Danish sømme (“beseem”)) from sœmr (“fitting, seemly”), from Proto-Germanic *sōmijaną (“to unite, fit”), akin to Old Norse sōmi (“honour”) ( > archaic Danish somme (“decent comportment”)), Old English sēman (“to reconcile, bring an agreement”), Old English sōm (“agreement”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Verb
(copulative) To appear; to look outwardly; to be perceived as.
- 1813 (14thc.), Dante Alighieri, The Vision of Hell as translated by The Rev. H. F. Cary.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too. […].
- (obsolete) To befit; to beseem.