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adverb Archaic.
  1. thoroughly.
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Origin of throughly

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at through, -ly
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Examples from the Web for throughly

Historical Examples

  • Page 107: throughly changed to thoroughly (throughly enjoyed their holiday;).

    Two Little Confederates

    Thomas Nelson Page

  • I affy me in you: only heed this, What you do, do throughly.

    It Might Have Been

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • I am not so throughly stocked with sea-shells as I wish and endeavour.

  • Meanwhile the region had been throughly explored from Monterey as a base.

  • Wash me throughly from my wickedness, And cleanse me from my sin.

British Dictionary definitions for throughly


  1. archaic thoroughly; completely
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Word Origin and History for throughly


"fully, completely," mid-15c., from through + -ly (2). Archaic alternative to thoroughly.

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