See also: 'specially

English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English specialli, specially, equivalent to special +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɛʃəli/
  • Hyphenation: spe‧cial‧ly
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Adverb edit

specially (not comparable)

  1. For a special purpose, person, or occasion.
    We had this cake made specially for your birthday.
    The train is waiting specially for a high-ranking diplomat.
    The school is specially for any child whose schooling was disrupted by illness.
  2. (proscribed) extremely
    She's specially good at running.
  3. (proscribed) in particular
    I love all animals, specially cute furry ones.

Usage notes edit

  • Senses 2 and 3 are non-standard; in such cases, especially is far more common, and considered correct.

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Middle English edit

Adverb edit


  1. Alternative form of specialli