gainly

1 of 2

adverb

gain·​ly
ˈgānlē,
-li
-er/-est
1
chiefly dialectal : very, completely
2
chiefly dialectal : nearby, handily
the birds singing gainly that came at my callJ. H. Payne

gainly

2 of 2

adjective

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1
chiefly dialectal : suitable, becoming
a gainly word
2
: graceful and generally pleasing
gainly conduct
a gainly youth with dark hair and eyes

Word History

Etymology

Adverb

gain entry 1 + -ly

Adjective

gain entry 1 + -ly

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“Gainly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gainly. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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