trip·​ping·​ly ˈtri-piŋ-lē How to pronounce trippingly (audio)
: in a nimble or lively manner
the new name … may not roll trippingly off the tongueP. B. Carroll

Examples of trippingly in a Sentence

loves words that roll trippingly off the tongue
Recent Examples on the Web Then again, maybe $1,000 just rolls trippingly off the tongue and into Trump’s good graces. Stephen Gandel, The Seattle Times, 3 Feb. 2018 One man, whose arrogance and ego lead him trippingly into chaos of his own making, can turn a shining city on the hill into a shadowy, taudry replica of itself. … James Hohmann, Washington Post, 14 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Trippingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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trip·​ping·​ly ˈtrip-iŋ-lē How to pronounce trippingly (audio)
: in a quick and lively manner
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