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  1. in a privy manner; secretly.
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Origin of privily

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at privy, -ly
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Related Words for privily

quietly, clandestinely, surreptitiously, covertly, privately, personally, furtively, stealthily, confidentially, hush-hush, intimately, obscurely, slyly, insidiously, privily, unobserved

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Historical Examples of privily

  • But oughtn't these things be done by night, privily, as they should bury the dead?

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Twice only did he hastily turn away and privily wipe his eyes.

  • But where, and how, were these traitors "privily brought in?"

  • But Holyday's father dragged the scholar aside to talk with him privily.

    Captain Ravenshaw

    Robert Neilson Stephens

  • That thou wouldst be pleased to see him privily, my liege, answered Cecil.



British Dictionary definitions for privily


  1. archaic, or literary in a secret way
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