Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English hertly, hertely, hertelyche, from Old English *heortlīċ, *ġeheortlīċ (attested only as an adverb: ġeheortlīċe (thoroughly, virorously)), equivalent to heart +‎ -ly.


heartly (comparative heartlier or more heartly, superlative heartliest or most heartly)

  1. (rare) Full of heart; cordial; from the heart; hearty
    • 1926, Sir Hugh Walpole, Harmer John: an unworldly story:
      ' [] I wish you very good fortune.' He found a card of his own. 'If I can be of any help to you' His hand was gripped. 'Very kind indeed. My heartliest thanks.' The man bowed and strode off into the mist.
    • 2001, Charles Neider, Edge of the World:
      He said the sword was a “heartly present” because it had been hand-made by its donor.
    • 2009, Harold B. Gill Jr., George M. Curtis III, A Man Apart: The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774 - 1781:
      Great scarcity of every necessary of life in this house but the man is glad to see us, and gives us the best he has got with a heartly welcome.
    • 2009, Russell, Rich Katherine, Dreaming in Hindi:
      Heartly,” he said—they celebrated in a heartly way,” and two days later now, I can't even remember the Hindi word, but the concept remains, and how am I going to give this up?
    • 2012, Andrew Burnham, Aidan Nichols, Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham:
      Out of the largest and deepest well of everlasting life in the most open wound in Christ's blessed side seize up deepest and heartliest water of joy and bliss without end, beholding there inwardly how Christ Jesu, God and man, to bring thee to everlasting life, []
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English hertly, hertliche, from Old English ġeheortlīċe (thoroughly; virorously), equivalent to heart +‎ -ly.


heartly (comparative heartlier or more heartly, superlative heartliest or most heartly)

  1. (archaic) In a hearty or heart-felt manner; cordially; heartily