From Middle English senglely. See single.


singly (not comparable)

  1. In a single or unaccompanied manner; without a companion.
    • 1651, Thomas Hobbes, “Chapter I: Of Sense”, in LeviathanWikisource:
      Singly, they are every one a representation or appearance of some quality, or other accident of a body without us, which is commonly called an object.
    • 1901, Lew Walllace, Ben Hur[1], Book 8, Chapter 10:
      The cross, reared now above all other objects, and standing singly out against the sky, was greeted with a burst of delight; and all who could see and read the writing upon the board over the Nazarene's head made haste to decipher it. Soon as read, the legend was adopted by them and communicated, and presently the whole mighty concourse was ringing the salutation from side to side, and repeating it with laughter and groans -"King of the Jews! Hail, King of the Jews!"
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, “How My Shore Adventure Began”, in Treasure IslandWikisource:
      Grey-coloured woods covered a large part of the surface. This even tint was indeed broken up by streaks of yellow sand-break in the lower lands, and by many tall trees of the pine family, out-topping the others--some singly, some in clumps....
  2. Individually; particularly; severally.
    to make men singly and personally good
    • 1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 211:
      Ursula saw that now Bella Watson's chance meetings with him had to be strategically and singly planned by Bella, whose wifely attentions to the bereaved man were markedly meaning.
  3. Without partners, companions, or associates; single-handed.
    to attack another singly
  4. Honestly; sincerely; simply.
  5. (obsolete) Singularly; peculiarly.