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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. 2017.
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  • The election of Clarke was illy received by the old and tried friends of Crawford throughout the State.

    The Memories of Fifty Years William H. Sparks
  • Mr. illy, this man showed you mercy when he could have had you beaten.

    Gambler's World John Keith Laumer
  • In Lanny, standing in the illy lighted little hall, she saw nothing of the inner Lanny.

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • It was understood that the left wing of the 1st corps was to take care of the Calvary of illy.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Say what we may, there is something gracious and ennobling in such mountain scenery, which men can illy dispense with.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • It will astonish not a few to learn that there is no such word as illy.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • His work is done, and so illy, compared with what he had wished and expected!

  • I was illy prepared to withstand the severity of a Michigan winter.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
  • My royal master's exchequer could illy remunerate me for the gross language heaped upon me by his deputy.

  • In addition to these hardships our commissary department was but illy supplied.

    Under the Stars and Bars Walter A. Clark
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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