coming or occurring each night: his nightly walk to the newsstand.
coming, occurring, appearing, or active at night: nightly revels.
of, relating to, or characteristic of night: the nightly gloom before a storm.


on every night: performances given nightly.
at or by night: an animal that is seen nightly.

Origin of nightly

before 900; Middle English; Old English nihtlīc. See night, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nightly

nocturnal, nighttime, nocturnally

Examples from the Web for nightly

Contemporary Examples of nightly

Historical Examples of nightly

  • This was the sword which hung daily, nightly, over our heads.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Do we not nightly jumble events and personages and times and places, as these do daily?

  • Some that smote the breast nightly in the anguish of remorse.

  • He did all this in the absent manner of a man who did it nightly.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • "You might change her sentry nightly," put in the Seneschal.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for nightly



happening or relating to each night
happening at night


at night or each night
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nightly

Old English nihtlic "nocturnal, of the night, at night;" see night + -ly (1). As an adverb, Middle English nihtlich, from the adjective.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper