sage·​ly ˈsāj-lē How to pronounce sagely (audio)
: in a sage or wise manner
The soldiers nodded sagely to each other. Cluny was right. There was no fondness in the ranks for the dead, power-hungry bully.Brian Jacques
Spike the bulldog and Droopy have a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner thing going on as Spike cheats, schemes, and sabotages in his futile efforts to defeat Droopy, but as Droopy sagely observes, "Cheaters never win."Donald Liebenson

Examples of sagely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If a historically unique destructive force inhabits the Oval Office, the Constitution — which, as Justice Robert Jackson sagely observed, is not a suicide pact — allows immediate expulsion. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023 Costello nodded along sagely to the music and exchanged bon mots with wife Krall; Fallon headbanged and sang along; Olsen took a smoke break. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 20 Oct. 2023 For the most part, the researchers found, emissions stem from rush hour vehicle congestion, which remote workers sagely sidestep. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2023 On the other side of a French fry platter, Ms. Liddy and Ms. Flowers nodded sagely. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 14 May 2023 Roger, sagely, nodded assent. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 Freddie was nodding slowly and sagely. Marc Myers, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2020 Basically: Cordes sagely points out that type-three fun can, once enough time passes, shift to type-two fun. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2022 Nor is the blue slip’s history crowned in glory, as Grassley sagely noted in 2017. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 31 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from sage sage entry 2 + -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sagely was in the 15th century

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“Sagely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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