gainly

adverb
gain·​ly | \ ˈgānlē, -li \
-er/-est

Definition of gainly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly dialectal : very, completely
2 chiefly dialectal : nearby, handily the birds singing gainly that came at my call— J. H. Payne

gainly

adjective
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Definition of gainly (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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History and Etymology for gainly

Adverb

gain entry 1 + -ly

Adjective

gain entry 1 + -ly

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“Gainly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gainly. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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