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

First recorded in 1275–1325, finely is from the Middle English word fineliche. See fine1, -ly
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Related Words for finely

seldom, barely, hardly, infrequently, happily, beautifully, perfectly, pleasantly, admirably, finely, softly, lightly, gracefully, cautiously, subtly, exquisitely, deftly, skillfully, elegantly, tactfully

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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


  1. into small pieces; minutely
  2. precisely or subtly
  3. 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.

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