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stupid +‎ -ly

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stupidly (comparative more stupidly, superlative most stupidly)

  1. In a stupid manner.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, volume 1, London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., page 26:
      She was so modest, so expressive, she had looked so soft in her thin white gown that he felt he had acted stupidly.
    • 1936, F.J. Thwaites, chapter XIV, in The Redemption, Sydney: H. John Edwards, published 1940, page 154:
      "Don't we behave just as stupidly in our pursuit of happiness - don't we?" Simpson nodded dejectedly.
    • 2024 January 24, Christian Wolmar, “What could Labour do to reverse the rail reform agenda?”, in RAIL, number 1001, page 47:
      As I write this, drivers' union ASLEF has announced yet another series of one-day strikes, because ministers are stupidly insisting that the modest below-inflation pay rise they have offered drivers still comes with strings attached over working conditions.
  2. To an extreme or excessive degree; absurdly.
    • 1898, Fox Russell, “Outridden”, in Fores's Sporting Notes and Sketches[1], volume 15:
      He is so—so proud of his money, and thinks every one ought to be as stupidly rich as he is himself.
    • 2011, Amy Kernahan, Orion is Upside Down[2]:
      As well as being stupidly hungry I had a raging thirst.

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