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  1. suitably; appropriately.
  2. skillfully.
  3. neatly; elegantly.
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  1. graceful; elegant.
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Origin of featly

First recorded in 1300–50, featly is from the Middle English word fetly. See feat2, -ly
Related formsfeat·li·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of featly

  • Think you that our muckle clumsy bodies could run and hide as featly?


    S. R. Crockett

  • May they be as featly sped As the one that pierced his head.

  • Yet I know handsomely and featly how to compose and settle them all.

  • The voices of the flowers were lifted in gentle cadences to the rhythm of the feathered dancers' featly twists and turns.

  • These maidens begin to dance on the green grass, and so featly do they step that they scarce seem to touch the ground.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

British Dictionary definitions for featly


adverb archaic
  1. neatly
  2. fitly
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Derived Formsfeatliness, noun
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