felly

noun
fel·​ly | \ ˈfe-lē How to pronounce felly (audio) \
variants: or felloe \ ˈfe-​(ˌ)lō How to pronounce felloe (audio) \
plural fellies or felloes

Definition of felly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the exterior rim or a segment of the rim of a wheel supported by the spokes

felly

adverb
fel·​ly | \ ˈfel-lē How to pronounce felly (audio) \

Definition of felly (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: fiercely, cruelly, destructively Michael in return grasped the turnkey so felly by the throat that the blood gushed from nose and mouth, so that they were both gory and filthy spectacles when one of the other officers … entered the room …— Sir Walter Scott

First Known Use of felly

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for felly

Noun

Middle English fely, felive, from Old English felg; akin to Old High German felga felly, Old English fealg piece of plowed land

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“Felly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felly. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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