of late; recently; not long since: He has been very grouchy lately.

Origin of lately

before 1000; Middle English latli; Old English lætlīce; see late, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lately

latterly, afresh, anew, newly

Examples from the Web for lately

Contemporary Examples of lately

Historical Examples of lately

  • Windich shot a wurrung, which he said had lately drunk water.

  • Thence they issued into that so lately occupied by the Frankses.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • "Have a chair," he said, motioning to the one Cass had lately sat in.


    W. A. Fraser

  • It seems foolish to stay here, abused as I have been lately, and as I will be tomorrow.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Hinde introduced John to them, mentioning that he had only lately arrived from Ireland.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for lately



in recent times; of late
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Word Origin and History for lately

Old English lætlice "slow, sluggish;" see late (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "within recent times" is from late 15c., probably a new formation.

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