Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a feat manner; neatly; nimbly; dexterously; adroitly.

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

  • adverb Archaic Neatly; dexterously; nimbly.

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

  • adverb Skilfully.
  • adverb Gracefully or elegantly.
  • adverb Suitably.
  • adjective Skilful.
  • adjective Graceful or elegant.

Etymologies

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From Middle English fetly, from -ly + Anglo-Norman fet ("action, deed"), from Latin factus ("made"), from Latin facere ("to make").

Examples

  • By his noble form, which rises featly turned in even swell

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Henry and Catharine were married within four months after the battle of the North Inch, and never did the corporations of the glovers and hammermen trip their sword dance so featly as at the wedding of the boldest burgess and brightest maiden in Perth.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Ares and the keen-eyed Slayer of Argus, while Apollo plays his lyre stepping high and featly and a radiance shines around him, the gleaming of his feet and close-woven vest.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  •   Rich are their scarfs, their chargers featly prance:

    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

  • And when they had put away craving for drink and food, they started out with the lord Apollo, the son of Zeus, to lead them, holding a lyre in his hands, and playing sweetly as he stepped high and featly.

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • Certainly under the denuncation standards that have been applied to Democrats for years, every attendee at that event, and anyone pledging featly to the "conservative" cause, has an obligation to say what their views are of Coulter generally and to address specifically why she was invited to be a featured speaker and why she plays such a prominent role, and commands such popularity, in the Bush movement.

    Why Ann Coulter matters

  • ‘People who wonder they can foot it so featly together should know what some others think,’ a waterman was saying to his neighbour.

    A Changed Man

  • Certainly under the denuncation standards that have been applied to Democrats for years, every attendee at that event, and anyone pledging featly to the "conservative" cause, has an obligation to say what their views are of Coulter generally and to address specifically why she was invited to be a featured speaker and why she plays such a prominent role, and commands such popularity, in the Bush movement.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Yet I know handsomely and featly how to compose and settle them all.

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

  • Yet I know handsomely and featly how to compose and settle them all.

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

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