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[noo-lee, nyoo-]
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  1. recently; lately: a newly married couple.
  2. anew or afresh: a newly repeated slander.
  3. in a new manner or form: a room newly decorated.
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Origin of newly

before 900; Middle English; Old English nīwlice. See new, -ly
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  1. recently; lately or justa newly built shelf
  2. again; afresh; anewnewly raised hopes
  3. in a new manner; differentlya newly arranged room
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Word Origin and History for newly


Old English niwlice "lately, recently;" see new + -ly (2). Cf. German neulich, Danish nylig, Swedish nyligen.

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