One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fine, decent, or respectable.‘she were a gradely lass’
- ‘But our neighbours, who were gradely folk, took it all in good part.’
- ‘Don't call me Mr Hudson, he were me Dad and a gradely bloke.’
Middle English (originally in the sense ‘excellent, noble’): from Old Norse greithligr, from greithr ‘ready’.
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