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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
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  • Windich shot a wurrung, which he said had lately drunk water.

  • Thence they issued into that so lately occupied by the Frankses.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "Have a chair," he said, motioning to the one Cass had lately sat in.

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  • It seems foolish to stay here, abused as I have been lately, and as I will be tomorrow.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Hinde introduced John to them, mentioning that he had only lately arrived from Ireland.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
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.

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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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