Origin of heavily

before 900; Middle English hevyly, Old English hefiglīce. See heavy, -ly
Related formso·ver·heav·i·ly, adverbun·heav·i·ly, adverb
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  • His tall figure was proportionately broad, and he was heavily fleshed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Them poplars out there ought to be taken away," he said heavily.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • His dark, heavily fringed eyes looked at her from a pale face.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "It comes too late," sighed Caleb, heavily; and the letter fell from his hands.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Why have I been so heavily visited, and why have you gone free?

Word Origin and History for heavily

Old English hefiglice "violently, intensely; sorrowfully; sluggishly," from hefig (see heavy) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper