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Etymology edit

From Middle English gretly, gretely, gretliche, greteliche, equivalent to great +‎ -ly.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪtli/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪtli

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greatly (comparative greatlier or greater or more greatly, superlative greatliest or greatest or most greatly)

  1. To a great extent or degree.
    Synonyms: very, drastically
    Expenses greatly exceeded revenues this year.
    He was more greatly beloved than anyone in living memory.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, [], and all these articles [] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.
    • 2011 October 29, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal”, in BBC Sport:
      Terry's goal looked to have put Chelsea in control on the stroke of half-time but Arsenal's response presented a compelling case for Wenger's insistence that reports of his side's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
    • 2022 November 2, Paul Bigland, “New trains, old trains, and splendid scenery”, in RAIL, number 969, page 56:
      Instead of retracing my route, I have elected to walk across Blackpool to the town's remaining large station, although even this has been greatly reduced in size.
  2. (archaic) Nobly; magnanimously.
    • 1823, Catherine George Ward, The Cottage on the Cliff: A Sea-side Story, page 251:
      But all this our fisher, who was neither a poet, nor a dependent, did not know, so he concluded, that all who were truly great, were truly greatly minded, and noble in soul, as they were exalted by birth, and rich in splendour.

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Etymology edit

From Middle English gretly.

Adverb edit


  1. greatly
      Ich as (or 'chas) greatly blin.
      I was greatly mistaken.

References edit

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 26