One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a pitiable or lamentable fashion; piteously, dolefully, dismally. Now usually: in a wryly regretful manner, ruefully.
Middle English; earliest use found in St. Katherine. From ruthful + -ly. In later use in sense 1 probably influenced semantically by association with ruefully.
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