One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Chiefly poetic. In the manner of a suppliant; with humble and earnest plea. Now rare.
Characteristic or reminiscent of a suppliant or supplication.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Dryden (1631–1700), poet, playwright, and critic. From suppliant + -like. With the use as adverb compare earlier suppliantly.
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