gradely

adjective
grade·​ly | \ ˈgrādli \

Definition of gradely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, England : fine, good, and desirable:
a : upstanding and worthy how proud I am of Rochdale and of its gradely folks— Gracie Fields
b : promising and likely a gradely lad
c : physically well : being in good health Mama and Papa are … gradely— Charlotte Brontë
d : physically attractive : good-looking
2 dialectal, England : fitting and proper : appropriate

gradely

adverb
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Definition of gradely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 dialectal, England : properly and suitably
2 dialectal, England : well

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History and Etymology for gradely

Adjective

Middle English greithly, graithly ready, prompt, excellent, from Old Norse greithliga ready, prompt, from greithr ready, free + -ligr -ly

Adverb

Middle English greithly, graithly promptly, suitably, from Old Norse greithligr promptly, from greithligr, adjective

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“Gradely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gradely. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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