[th uhs-lee]


Nearby words

  1. thurston,
  2. thurston island,
  3. thus,
  4. thus far,
  5. thus spake zarathustra,
  6. thutmose i,
  7. thutmose ii,
  8. thutmose iii,
  9. thuya,
  10. thwack

Origin of thusly

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; thus + -ly

Usage note

Some speakers and writers regard thusly as a pointless synonym for thus, and they avoid it or use it only for humorous effect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for thusly



1865, from thus + -ly (2). Perhaps originally a humorous or mocking over-correction of thus, it has gained some currency but still is frowned upon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper