Definitions

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  • adv. very, extremely, excessively
  • adj. very great, extreme, excessive
  • adj. Causing wounds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Excessive.
  • adv. Excessively; extremely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Causing or inflicting wounds.
  • Excessive.
  • Exceedingly; very.

Etymologies

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First attested ante 1639: wounds (interjection) +‎ -y.

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First attested in 1660: wound (noun) +‎ -y.

Examples

  • Sir Wilfrid pined like a true servant to be in company of the good champion, alongside of whom he had shivered so many lances, and dealt such woundy blows of sword and battle-axe on the plains of

    Burlesques

  • Methinks, said I, when I saw them in such a woundy pother to be gone, oddsheartlikins! this must be some London ‘prentice running away with his measter’s daughter, as sure as

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • He was a “woundy ugly customer in a wax, she could tell me.”

    Uncle Silas

  • It is a woundy price, cried Panurge; in our country I could have five, nay six, for the money; see that you do not overreach me, master.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I would, replied the sheepmonger, take thee such a woundy cut on this spectacle-bearing lug of thine with my trusty bilbo as would smite thee dead as a herring.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The next thing that happens is that Mark Lacklander (who has been engaged in tennis and, one supposes, rather solemn dalliance with that charming girl Rose Cartarette) leaves this house round about the time Mrs. Cartarette returns to it and goes down to the bottom bridge, where he does not find a woundy great trout and is certain that there was no trout to find.

    Scales of Justice

  • Now Lady Lacklander saw a woundy great trout lying on the bridge where, according to Lady L.,

    Scales of Justice

  • This, if passed, would be a woundy blow to the Harley mines; also to that railway whereof Mr. Harley was a director, since it hauled the Harley coal to the seaboard.

    The President A novel

  • Once a man's well asleep, it's a woundy, tiresome thing to be wakened up.

    The Young Castellan A Tale of the English Civil War

  • This Great Mogul of a personage, then; this woundy Aliasuerus; this man of men; this same Hivohitee, whose name rumbled among the mountains like a peal of thunder, had been seen face to face, and taken for naught, but a bearded old hermit, or at best, some equivocal conjuror.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. II (of 2)

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