EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹuːli/
  • Hyphenation: ru‧ly
  • Rhymes: -uːli
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English rewly, ruly, rewely, reweliche, from Old English hrēowlīċ (grievous, pitiful, sad, wretched, cruel), equivalent to rue +‎ -ly.

AdjectiveEdit

ruly (comparative rulier or more ruly, superlative ruliest or most ruly)

  1. (obsolete) Pitiable; miserable.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English rewly, reoly, reowliche, from Old English hrēowlīċe (cruelly), equivalent to rue +‎ -ly.

AdverbEdit

ruly (comparative rulier or more ruly, superlative ruliest or most ruly)

  1. (obsolete) Pitiably; miserably.

Etymology 3Edit

Back-formation from unruly, or perhaps a continuation of Middle English rewly, ruly, reuli (subject to a religious rule, regular), equivalent to rule +‎ -ly, rule +‎ -y; or perhaps from Old French rulé, reulé, rieulé (ruled), past participle of rieuler (to rule). More at rule.

AdjectiveEdit

ruly (comparative rulier, superlative ruliest)

  1. (rare) Neat and orderly.
    • 1994 July 25, Jack Winter, “How I met my wife”, in The New Yorker:
      So, after a terminable delay, I acted with mitigated gall and made my way through the ruly crowd with strong givings.