Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or occurring during the day.
  • adjective Happening or done every day.
  • adjective Computed or assessed for each day.
  • adjective Everyday.
  • adverb Every day.
  • adverb Once a day.
  • noun A newspaper published every day or every weekday.
  • noun The first, unedited print of movie film usually viewed after a day's shooting; the rushes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Every day; day by day.
  • Happening or being every day; pertaining to each successive day; diurnal: as, daily labor; a daily allowance; a daily newspaper.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Every day; day by day.
  • adjective Happening, or belonging to, each successive day; diurnal
  • noun A publication which appears regularly every day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective of or belonging to or occurring every day
  • adverb every day; without missing a day
  • adjective appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions
  • noun a newspaper that is published every day
  • adverb gradually and progressively

Etymologies

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

Middle English dayly, from Old English dæglīc, from dæg, day; see day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English dayly, from Old English dæġlīċ, from dæġ + -līċ (equivalent to modern day +‎ -ly).

Examples

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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.”

    – blog post

    Is this a regionalism? I’ve not before heard the expression “on the daily” subbing for “daily.”

    March 29, 2013