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Monday, January 22, 2018

Definitions for featly

  1. neatly; elegantly.
  2. suitably; appropriately.
  3. skillfully.

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Citations for featly
Foot it featly here and there ... William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1623
For so featly came riding in to the humble prosaic precincts of the cow-pens and into their hearts the vernal beauty of Spring herself ... that the ranchmen were bewitched and dazed, and knew no more of good common-sense. Mary Noailles Murfree, The Frontiersmen, 1904
Origin of featly
Featly is an archaic word, used mostly as an adverb and occasionally, since the 19th century, as an adjective. The word derives from the Middle English adverb feetly, fetly “properly, suitably,” from the Old French adjective fait, fet “made (for something),” from the Latin adjective factus “made.” The English suffix -ly is the usual suffix for forming adjectives and adverbs of manner. Featly entered English at the beginning of the 15th century.