-ly


1-ly

adjective suffix \lē; in some dialects, especially British, Southern, New England, often li but not shown at individual entries\

: similar in appearance, manner, or nature to a (specified) person

: characterized by regular occurrence in (specified) periods of time

Full Definition of -LY

1
:  like in appearance, manner, or nature :  having the characteristics of <queenly> <fatherly>
2
:  characterized by regular recurrence in (specified) units of time :  every <hourly> <weekly>

Origin of -LY

Middle English, from Old English -līc, -lic; akin to Old High German -līh, -lic, Old English līc body — more at like

2-ly

adverb suffix

: in a (specified) manner

: in a (specified) period of time

: to a (specified) degree or extent

Full Definition of -LY

1
a :  in a (specified) manner <slowly>
b :  at a (specified) time interval <annually>
2
:  from a (specified) point of view <eschatologically>
3
:  with respect to <partly>
4
:  to a (specified) degree <relatively>
5
:  in a (specified) place in a series <secondly>

Examples of -LY

  1. The paper is published weekly.

Origin of -LY

Middle English, from Old English -līce, -lice, from -līc, adjective suffix

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