- the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
- linguistic content (opposed to expression).
Examples from the Web for meaningly
His voice trembled so, that Randal took alarm, passed by him, and touched him meaningly.
"It's a good thing to know when to stop, Thea," he said meaningly.Song of the Lark|Willa Cather
He paused and looked at her meaningly; while I, taking his drift, felt the angry blood surge into my face.Cleopatra|H. Rider Haggard
He took from an inner pocket of his coat a derringer with silver mountings, laid it meaningly upon the bar.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
"Suppose you try the steamer, then," suggested Frank, meaningly.The Aeroplane Boys Flight|John Luther Langworthy
British Dictionary definitions for meaningly
- the sense of an expression; its connotation
- the reference of an expression; its denotation. In recent philosophical writings meaning can be used in both the above sensesSee also sense (def. 12)
Word Origin and History for meaningly
"sense, import, intent," c.1300, from mean (v.).