finely

[ fahyn-lee ]
/ ˈfaɪn li /

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. fine-grain,
  2. fine-grained,
  3. fine-tooth comb,
  4. fine-tune,
  5. fineable,
  6. fineness,
  7. fineness ratio,
  8. finer,
  9. finery,
  10. fines herbes

Origin of finely

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

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British Dictionary definitions for finely

finely

/ (ˈfaɪnlɪ) /

adverb

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

finely

adv.

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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