- cautious; gentle.
- cautiously; gently.
Origin of hooly
1300–50; Middle English holy, apparently < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hōfligr moderate
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Examples from the Web for hooly
All hooly 'postles and 'vangellers, pray for us poor sinners!The Haunted Homestead
E. D. E. N. Southworth
Exaltation of the holy Crosse29 is sayd / bycause that on this daye the hooly crosse & faythe were gretely enhaunced/.
And then Heracle commaunded hym all to god and to the hooly crosse wyth all the devocion that he myght.
And thenne the Jewe brought the Crysten man to the pytte / and then they drewe oute that hooly ymage /.
And here foloweth the noble tale of the Sancgreal that called is the hooly vessel.'The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan