sagely

adverb
sage·​ly | \ ˈsāj-lē How to pronounce sagely (audio) \

Definition of sagely

: 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

First Known Use of sagely

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sagely

Middle English, from sage sage entry 1 + -ly -ly entry 2

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“Sagely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sagely. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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