Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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