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c.1300, Scottish and northern English variant of loathly "hideous, repulsive" (see loath).

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  • All was done as the warlock advised, the laidly Worm lived on the milk of the seven kine, and the country was troubled no longer.

  • "I have only a—a parcel," Barrie meekly confessed, feeling three times a worm, even a laidly Worm.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • The peasants are in deep distress The laidly bear should them oppress.

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