mainly (not comparable)
- (obsolete) Forcefully, vigorously. [13th-17th c.]
- (obsolete) Of the production of a sound: loudly, powerfully. [14th-19th c.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 31, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- But in the end, mainly crying out, he fell to raling and wringing his master, upbraiding him that he was not a true Philosopher […].
- (obsolete) To a great degree; very much. [15th-19th c.]
- Chiefly; for the most part. [from 17th c.]
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- She had Lord James' collar in one big fist and she pounded the table with the other and talked a blue streak. Nobody could make out plain what she said, for she was mainly jabbering Swede lingo, but there was English enough, of a kind, to give us some idee.
- (forcefully): energetically, powerfully, strongly
- (loudly): earsplittingly, lustily, raucously, thunderously
- (to a great degree): a lot, extremely
- (for the most part): in the main, principally; see also Thesaurus:mostly
chiefly; for the most part
- Alternative form of