English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English chefly; equivalent to chief +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃiːf.li/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːfli

Adverb edit

chiefly (comparative more chiefly, superlative most chiefly)

  1. (focus) Especially or primarily; above all.
    Their relationship is chiefly professional.
    This is a term chiefly used by online gamers.
  2. (focus) Mainly or principally; almost entirely.

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Adjective edit

chiefly (comparative chieflier, superlative chiefliest)

  1. of or relating to a chief
    • 1890, James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, volume 2, page 261:
      The maintenance of a perpetual fire came to be associated with chiefly or royal dignity.