c.1300, Scottish and northern English variant of loathly "hideous, repulsive" (see loath).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for laidly

Historical Examples of laidly

  • The peasants are in deep distress The laidly bear should them oppress.

  • "I have only a—a parcel," Barrie meekly confessed, feeling three times a worm, even a Laidly Worm.

    The Heather-Moon

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • All was done as the warlock advised, the Laidly Worm lived on the milk of the seven kine, and the country was troubled no longer.