Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly1

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives meaning:

    1. 1.1 Having the qualities of.
      ‘brotherly’
      ‘rascally’
    2. 1.2 Recurring at intervals of.
      ‘hourly’
      ‘quarterly’

Origin

Old English -līc, of Germanic origin; related to like.

Pronunciation:

-ly

/lē/

Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly2

suffix

  • Forming adverbs from adjectives, chiefly denoting manner or degree.

    ‘greatly’
    ‘happily’
    ‘pointedly’

Origin

Old English -līce, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation:

-ly

/lē/