Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly1

Pronunciation /lē/ /li/

suffix

  • 1(forming adjectives) having the qualities of.

    ‘brotherly’
    • ‘rascally’
  • 2(forming adjectives) recurring at intervals of.

    ‘hourly’
    • ‘quarterly’

Origin

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

Main definitions of -ly in English

: -ly1-ly2

-ly2

Pronunciation /lē/ /li/

suffix

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

    ‘greatly’
    • ‘happily’
    • ‘pointedly’

Origin

Old English -līce, of Germanic origin.