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From flesh +‎ -ly.


fleshly (comparative fleshlier, superlative fleshliest)

  1. corporeal or bodily
    • Denham
      Fleshly bondage.
  2. sensual; carnal; lascivious
    • Bible, 1 Peter ii. 11
      Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.
  3. worldly
    • Bible, 2 Corinthians i. 12
      Fleshly wisdom.
  4. (obsolete) animal; not vegetable
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)



fleshly (comparative more fleshly, superlative most fleshly)

  1. (obsolete) Carnally; sexually.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter ij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XV:
      Syr said Launcelot ye saye that that good knyȝt is my sone That ouȝtest thow to knowe and no man better said the good man / For thow knewest the doughter of kyng Pelles flesshely / and on her thow begattest Galahad / And that was he that at the feest of Pentecost satte in the sege peryllous