-ly Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "-ly" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

-lysuffix

uk   us   /-li/

-ly suffix (ADVERB)

in the stated way: quickly carefully angrily loudly when considered in the stated way: Personally (= in my opinion), I don't think animals should be killed for their fur. This is an environmentally (= in relation to the environment) disastrous proposal. regularly after the stated period of time: a weekly/monthly meeting

-ly suffix (ADJECTIVE)

like the stated person or thing: fatherly advice priestly duties cowardly behaviour used for indicating one of a series of events that happen with the stated regular period of time between each: a daily shower a weekly meeting a yearly check-up
(Definition of -ly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of -ly?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
social security

a system of payments made by the government to people who are ill, poor, or who have no job

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More