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adjective -lier, -liest
(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
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  • The Yorkshire pronunciation of gradely is almost as if written grared-ly.

  • 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)
  • Her “beloved papa and mama” and her “precious sister,” she says, are living, and “gradely.”

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
  • It wir a gradely bonnie afternoon, at th' back eend o' th' year.

  • An' he wur sech a gradely little chap, so peart an' lively, crowin' an' laughin' from morn till neet.

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  • And in the Dale the unanimous opinion was that the young couple would make "a gradely pair, surely."

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • Sweet peas is gettin' on gradely, and Fair Maids o' France, just ready for the fair maids who buy 'em!

    The Fortunes of Philippa Angela Brazil

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