-ly definition

  • suffix:
    • love; resembling; obtaining the characteristics of: sisterly.
    • Recurring at a specified interval of time: hourly.
    • In a specified fashion; in the manner of: slowly.
    • At a specified interval period: weekly.
    • with regards to: partially.
    • familiar with develop adjectives from nouns, the adjectives getting the sense of "like or characteristic of understanding denoted by the noun".
    • Used to form adverbs from adjectives.
    • A suffix forming adjectives and adverbs, and denoting likeness or resemblance.
  • others:
    • An obsolete type of lie .
    • A common adjective suffix, forming, from nouns, adjectives signifying ‘of the shape or nature of’ or ‘like’ the thing denoted because of the noun: like in manly, womanly, godly, lordly, princely, regarding the nature of, like, or worthy of a person, lady, etc.; bodily, earthly, every day, weekly, month-to-month, annual, etc., owned by or becoming associated with body, the planet earth, per day, etc.; lovely, heartly (obs.), etc.
    • a typical adverbial suffix, forming from adjectives adverbs signifying ‘in a way’ denoted because of the adjective: as, quickly, gradually, coldly, hotly, etc., loudly, harshly, etc.

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    • love; resembling; obtaining the characteristics of: sisterly.
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