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[leyt-lee] /ˈleɪt li/
of late; recently; not long since:
He has been very grouchy lately.
Origin of lately
before 1000; Middle English latli; Old English lætlīce; see late, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A secret meeting of the True Grits had been lately held in the Borough.

    Quodlibet John P. Kennedy
  • One day lately, when the water was low, he offered to cross the weir at Dingleford.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The air's been full of it lately, but I guess Sunday's doings will give the folks a new subject for awhile.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • "It seems to me that you are seeing a good deal of Tom Reynolds, lately," was all that he said.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • I lately made an excursion to a neighbouring village, in order to be a spectator of the ceremonies practised.

British Dictionary definitions for lately


in recent times; of late
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lately

Old English lætlice "slow, sluggish;" see late (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "within recent times" is from late 15c., probably a new formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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