Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly1

suffix

  • 1(forming adjectives) having the qualities of.

    ‘brotherly’
    ‘rascally’
  • 2(forming adjectives) recurring at intervals of.

    ‘hourly’
    ‘quarterly’

Origin

Old English -lic, of Germanic origin; related to like.

Pronunciation

-ly

/lɪ/

Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly2

suffix

  • Forming adverbs from adjectives, chiefly denoting manner or degree.

    ‘greatly’
    ‘happily’
    ‘pointedly’

Origin

Old English -līce, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

-ly

/lɪ/