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 History of this Word

"ly" is from "līce" (similar) spoken by people in England during 450-1100 A.D.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
brotherly
beastly
queenly
boyishly

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"-ly" is a type of suffix

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Meaning 1

Definition

A word ending that indicates like. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-ly illustration Could you kindly give me some feedback on a story?
-ly illustration He has been too cowardly to address this.