from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or occurring during the day.
  • adj. Happening or done every day: the physician's daily rounds.
  • adj. Computed or assessed for each day: a daily record.
  • adj. Everyday: casual clothes only for daily use.
  • adv. Every day: Exercise daily.
  • adv. Once a day: Wind the clock daily.
  • n. A newspaper published every day or every weekday.
  • n. The first, unedited print of movie film usually viewed after a day's shooting; the rushes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. quotidian, that occurs every day, or at least every weekday/ working day
  • adj. diurnal, by daylight, as opposed to nightly
  • adv. quotidianly, every day
  • adv. diurnally, by daylight
  • n. a newspaper that is published every day.
  • n. a cleaner who comes in daily.
  • n. a daily disposable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Happening, or belonging to, each successive day; diurnal
  • adv. Every day; day by day.
  • n. A publication which appears regularly every day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Happening or being every day; pertaining to each successive day; diurnal: as, daily labor; a daily allowance; a daily newspaper.
  • n. A newspaper or other periodical published each day, or each day except Sunday: in distinction from one published semi-weekly, weekly, or at longer intervals. See journal, semi-weekly, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, as nouns.
  • Every day; day by day.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or belonging to or occurring every day
  • adv. every day; without missing a day
  • adj. appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions
  • n. a newspaper that is published every day
  • adv. gradually and progressively


Middle English dayly, from Old English dæglīc, from dæg, day; see day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dayly, from Old English dæġlīċ, from dæġ + -līċ (equivalent to modern day +‎ -ly). (Wiktionary)



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  • “All of the sudden, I had a sluggish digestive system and on the daily was plagued with chronic abdominal discomfort.”
    “I figured if it didn’t have gluten, it was healthy, so I ate my weight in grains, especially corn (psuedo grain), on the daily.”
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    Is this a regionalism? I’ve not before heard the expression“on the daily” subbing for “daily.”

    March 29, 2013