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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English selly, selly, sellich, from Old English sellīċ, seldlīċ (rare, strange, wondrous, extraordinary, wonderful; having unusually good qualities, excellent, admirable; select, better, superior, choice), from Proto-Germanic *seldalīkaz, equivalent to seld +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots selly, silly (approved, good, worthy), Old Saxon seldlīk (rare, wonderful), Gothic 𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌳𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍃 (sildaleiks, wonderful).

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selly (comparative sellier or more selly, superlative selliest or most selly)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland, MLE) Rare; wonderful; admirable
    • 2017 December 22, “No Hook”, performed by 61 – Cee Drilla x Beans x Nz x Ruger:
      And I am whipping off raw, that’s messy
      The nitties them call that selly

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selly (comparative sellier or more selly, superlative selliest or most selly)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wonderfully, wondrous.

NounEdit

selly (plural sellies)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare
    • 1995, Robert J. Blanch, Julian N. Wasserman, From Pearl to Gawain:
      The line is a masterstroke of noncommitment, for the event is a "selly" in the sight of some unidentified readers.

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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English sellīċ, seldlīċ, syllīċ, from Proto-Germanic *seldalīkaz; equivalent to selde (uncommon) +‎ -ly.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛliː/, /ˈsɛliːtʃ(ə)/, /ˈsɛleː/

AdjectiveEdit

selly

  1. weird, unusual, odd, bizarre
  2. strange, astounding, wondrous
  3. amazing, extraordinary, breathtaking
  4. many (in number); abundant.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: selly
  • Scots: selly

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AdverbEdit

selly

  1. weirdly, wondrously, oddly, surprisingly
  2. In a agile manner; speedily; with power and force.
  3. (By) a lot; extremely, to a great degree.

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NounEdit

selly (plural sellys)

  1. A wondrous or astounding happening or action.

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