a suffix forming adverbs from adjectives: gladly; gradually; secondly.: See Grammar note at adverb.
a suffix meaning “every,” attached to certain nouns denoting units of time: hourly; daily.
an adjective suffix meaning “-like”: saintly; cowardly.
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How to use -ly in a sentence
The economy boomed rapid[ly], so my life was getting better and better all the time.
Fortunately, and oh so Nora-ly, she planned her own memorial service before she went.Nora Ephron Memorial: Warm, Funny Tributes by Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Rosie O’Donnell | Rebecca Dana | July 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But my faver says it's un-man-ly to be always kissing, and I did n't fink you'd do vat, Coppy.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
To liggen, to lie, is a Northern form; I alter liggen to ly, which occurs in the next line.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
"Prob'ly some old scissor bills that got a notion of hangin' on to their land," Scattergood said.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for ly (1 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for -ly (2 of 3)
having the nature or qualities of: brotherly; godly
occurring at certain intervals; every: daily; yearly
British Dictionary definitions for -ly (3 of 3)
in a certain manner; to a certain degree: quickly; recently; chiefly
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