From Middle English surely; equivalent to sure + -ly.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʃʊəli/, /ˈʃɔːli/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈʃʊɹli/, /ˈʃɔɹli/, /ˈʃɝli/
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- Homophone: Shirley (in some dialects)
- Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)li, -ɔː(ɹ)li
surely (comparative surelier or more surely, superlative sureliest or most surely)
- Without fail.
- Certainly, undoubtedly.
- Surely, you must be joking.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], →OCLC:
- But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ¶ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […].
- With confidence.
- His feet were planted surely on the ground.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 1:1:
- Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us […].
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- surly, suerly, surliche, surelich, seurly, suyrly, swrly, seurerly, seuirly, sureli, sewrly, sourely, sewerly, swerly, sewrlye, surelye
surely (comparative surelier)
- safely (with safety and security)
- totally, bindingly, without doubt
- For sure, with certainty.
- truly, actually, really
- totally, entirely, wholly
- With conviction and belief; assuredly
- “seurlī, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-04-21.