-ly


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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Origin of -ly

(adv.) Middle English -li, -lich(e), Old English -līce (-līc adj. suffix + -e adv. suffix); (adj.) Middle English -li, -ly, -lich(e), Old English -līc (cognate with German -lich), suffixal use of gelīc like1

SYNONYMS FOR -ly

3 See -ish1.

Words nearby -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for -ly (1 of 2)

-ly1

suffix forming adjectives

having the nature or qualities ofbrotherly; godly
occurring at certain intervals; everydaily; yearly

Word Origin for -ly

Old English -lic

British Dictionary definitions for -ly (2 of 2)

-ly2

suffix forming adverbs

in a certain manner; to a certain degreequickly; recently; chiefly

Word Origin for -ly

Old English -lice, from -lic -ly 1
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