• synonyms


See more synonyms for singly on Thesaurus.com
  1. apart from others; separately.
  2. one at a time; as single units.
  3. singlehanded; alone.
Show More

Origin of singly

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

Related Words for singly

separately, severally, apart, independently, particularly, respectively

Examples from the Web for singly

Contemporary Examples of singly

Historical Examples of singly

British Dictionary definitions for singly


  1. one at a time; one by one
  2. apart from others; separately; alone
Show More
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 singly


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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper