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Origin of singly

First recorded in 1250–1300, singly is from the Middle English word senglely. See single, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of singly

  • They traveled in pairs or singly, and headed off to separate destinations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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British Dictionary definitions for singly


  1. one at a time; one by one
  2. apart from others; separately; alone
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Word Origin and History for singly

c.1300, from single (adj.) + -ly (2).

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