One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
To a great extent; on a large scale.‘we are going to reduce taxes bigly’‘the crowd erupted bigly as never before’
Late Middle English (meaning ‘with great force’): from big + -ly. Rare from the late19th century until 2016, it was revived as a result of its association with President Donald Trump, whose adverbial use of big league in speech (to mean 'by a considerable amount') was widely misinterpreted as ‘bigly’.
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