Middle English , hedly , from havedlich Old English ( hēafodlīċ “ at the top, principal, capital, deadly ”), equivalent to + head . -ly
headly ( comparative headlier or , more headly superlative headliest or ) most headly
( archaic ) Chief; principal; capital; ( of sins ) deadly.
1623, Shakespeare, King Henry V.:
O'er blows the filthy and contagious clouds Of
headly murther, spoil, and villainy.
( archaic ) Heady; violent; impetuous.
headly ( comparative headlier or , more headly superlative headliest or ) most headly In a headly manner;
impetuously; precipitately; headily.
1966, Women on the march - Volume 10 - Page 92:
Wherein are women less important than men why should their share ofinheritance be less than that of men Why should it not be equal. We were discussing this very
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