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British Dictionary definitions for gradely

gradely

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. Midland English dialect fine; excellent

Word Origin

C13 greithlic, greithli, from Old Norse greidhligr, from greidhr ready
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Examples from the Web for gradely

Historical Examples

  • The Yorkshire pronunciation of gradely is almost as if written grared-ly.

    Notes and Queries, Number 52, October 26, 1850

    Various

  • Give you, it weakens the pikehead; but 'tis a gradely ornament.'

    Privy Seal

    Ford Madox Ford

  • Jim were a good young man, honest and true, and a gradely Christian.

    Frank Oldfield

    T.P. Wilson

  • You'll waste a gradely lot of brass at chemist's if I am at you for a week with this.

    Hobson's Choice

    Harold Brighouse

  • Miss Heptonstall, he remarked, had everything "gradely" about her.

    North, South and Over the Sea

    M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)