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Definition of "-ly" [-ly]

  • Like; resembling; having the characteristics of: sisterly. (suffix)
  • Recurring at a specified interval of time: hourly. (suffix)
  • In a specified manner; in the manner of: gradually. (suffix)
  • At a specified interval of time: weekly. (suffix)
  • With respect to: partly. (suffix)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "-ly" in a sentence
  • "The principle of using a hyphen to avoid confusion explains why no hyphen is required with very and with -ly adverbs."
  • "If you never ponder how language works, you come to view an adverb as a word that ends in “-ly.”"
  • "On the stump and in press conferences, the former speaker of the House has a penchant for seasoning his speech with words that end in -ly."