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meanly1

[meen-lee] /ˈmin li/
adverb
1.
in a poor, lowly, or humble manner.
2.
in a base, contemptible, selfish, or shabby manner.
3.
in a stingy or miserly manner.
Origin of meanly1
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, meanly is from the Middle English word meneli. See mean2, -ly

meanly2

[meen-lee] /ˈmin li/
adverb, Obsolete.
Origin
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mean3, -ly
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adv.

1580s, "indifferently;" 1590s, "basely;" c.1600, "illiberally;" from mean (adj.1) + -ly (2).

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