formerly

[ fawr-mer-lee ]
/ ˈfɔr mər li /

adverb

in time past; in an earlier period or age; previously: a custom formerly observed.
Obsolete. in time just past; just now.

Nearby words

  1. formboard,
  2. formby,
  3. forme,
  4. forme fruste,
  5. former,
  6. formfitting,
  7. formful,
  8. formic,
  9. formic acid,
  10. formica

Origin of formerly

First recorded in 1580–90; former1 + -ly

Can be confusedformally formerly

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British Dictionary definitions for formerly

formerly

/ (ˈfɔːməlɪ) /

adverb

at or in a former time; in the past
obsolete in the immediate past; just now
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Word Origin and History for formerly

formerly

adv.

1580s, from former + -ly (2). A Middle English word for this was andersith "formerly, at former times" (early 14c.).

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