One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Befitting or characteristic of a lady; noble; ladylike.
In a manner befitting or characteristic of a lady; in a noble or ladylike way.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Pearl. From lady + -ly. In later use probably after lordly, gentlemanly<br>Middle English; earliest use found in Ancrene Riwle. From lady + -ly.
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