1. of, done, occurring, or issued each day or each weekday: daily attendance; a daily newspaper.
  2. computed or measured by the day: daily quota; a daily wage.
noun, plural dai·lies.
  1. a newspaper appearing each day or each weekday.
  2. dailies, Movies. a series of hastily printed shots from the previous day's shooting, selected by the director to be viewed for possible inclusion in the final version of the film; rushes.
  3. British.
    1. a nonresident servant who comes to work every day; a permanently employed servant who sleeps out.
    2. a person employed to do cleaning or other household work by the day.
  1. every day; day by day: She phoned the hospital daily.

Origin of daily

before 1000; late Middle English; Old English dæglīc. See day, -ly
Related formsdai·li·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of dailiness

  • And the tired car settles down to apathy, for, after all, the incident is in its essence part of the dailiness of New York.

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    Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for dailiness


  1. of or occurring every day or every weekdaya daily paper
  2. earn one's daily bread to earn one's living
  3. the daily round the usual activities of one's day
noun plural -lies
  1. a daily publication, esp a newspaper
  2. Also called: daily help British another name for a charwoman
  1. every day
  2. constantly; often

Word Origin for daily

Old English dæglīc; see day, -ly 1
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Word Origin and History for dailiness



Old English dæglic (see day). This form is known from compounds: twadæglic "happening once in two days," þreodæglic "happening once in three days;" the more usual Old English word was dæghwamlic, also dægehwelc. Cognate with German täglich.

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