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[il-ee, il-lee] /ˈɪl i, ˈɪl li/
Origin of illy
First recorded in 1540-50; ill + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was understood that the left wing of the 1st corps was to take care of the Calvary of illy.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • It will astonish not a few to learn that there is no such word as illy.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • To be thwarted and outgeneralled is what this black-browed man can illy bear.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • From such a creature, so illy balanced, one might expect anything.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Mr. illy, this man showed you mercy when he could have had you beaten.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • "This is far enough," illy motioned to one of the knife men.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • The buildings are low and narrow; the rooms are small, dark, and illy ventilated.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • I was illy prepared to withstand the severity of a Michigan winter.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
  • In addition to these hardships our commissary department was but illy supplied.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
  • Note that ill is both an adjective and an adverb and that illy is always incorrect.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
Word Origin and History for illy

"in an ill manner," 1540s, from ill (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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