in a fine manner; excellently; elegantly; delicately; minutely; nicely; subtly.
in fine particles or pieces: finely chopped onions.

Origin of finely

First recorded in 1275–1325, finely is from the Middle English word fineliche. See fine1, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finely

Contemporary Examples of finely

Historical Examples of finely

  • This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • His figure, although slight, was beautifully symmetrical and finely knit.


    Scian Dubh

  • Except the very old, whose breasts had fallen, they were finely shaped.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He praised me greatly for all the care I had taken of his boy; and said, how finely you was come on!

  • How comes he so finely dressed, the son of the modest Nuremberg goldsmith?

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

British Dictionary definitions for finely



into small pieces; minutely
precisely or subtly
splendidly or delicately
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Word Origin and History for finely

early 14c., "perfectly, completely," from fine (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "delicately, minutely" is from 1540s; that of "excellently" is from 1680s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper