Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Highly; largely; nobly; earnestly.
  • adv. Slowly; tediously.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Highly; largely; nobly; earnestly.
  • Slowly; tediously.

Etymologies

From Middle English drely, dreȝly, dreghly, dryȝly, equivalent to dree +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots dreichlie ("steadily, copiously"). (Wiktionary)

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