ly-

combining form
variants: or lyo-

Definition of ly-

1 :degrading :reduction
  • lyase
2 :dispersed state :dispersion
  • lyophilic

Origin and Etymology of ly-

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek lyein to loosen, dissolve — more at lose


1

-ly

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

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 and Etymology 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

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 in a Sentence

  1. The paper is published weekly.

Origin and Etymology of -ly

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


LY- Defined for English Language Learners

-ly

adjective suffix

Definition of -ly for English Language Learners

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

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


-ly

adverb suffix

Definition of -ly for English Language Learners

  • : in a (specified) manner

  • : in a (specified) period of time

  • : to a (specified) degree or extent


LY- Defined for Kids

1

-ly

adjective suffix \ \

Definition of -ly for Students

1 :like :similar to
  • fatherly
2 :happening in each specified period of time :every
  • hourly

2

-ly

adverb suffix

Definition of -ly for Students

1 :in a specified manner
  • slowly
2 :from a specified point of view
  • grammatically

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