Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English gāstlīċ (spiritual, holy, clerical (not lay), ghastly, ghostly, spectral). Equivalent to gost +‎ -ly (adjectival suffix).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɔːstliː/, /-liːtʃ/
  • (Northern) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːstliː/

AdjectiveEdit

gostly

  1. Relating to or belonging to the spirit; spiritual.
  2. Supernatural, incorporeal; consisting of spirit.
  3. Religious, ecclesiastical; non-secular.
  4. Having intense religious faith; devout, pious.
  5. Ghostly, ghastly; related to or like ghosts.
DescendantsEdit
  • English: ghostly; ghastly (by conflation)
  • Scots: gaistly, ghaistly
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old English gāstlīċe, gǣstlīċe. Equivalent to gost +‎ -ly (adverbial suffix).

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɔːstliː/, /-liːtʃ(ə)/
  • (Northern) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑːstliː/

AdverbEdit

gostly

  1. In a spiritual way; spiritually.
  2. In a devoted way; piously.
  3. In or as a spirit; in incorporeal form.
DescendantsEdit
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