from The Century Dictionary.
- Same as
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- adjective Prov. Eng. Decent; orderly.
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- adjective Northern England of a person;
decent, well-meaning, respectable
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A farmer will tell his men to do a thing gradely, that is, "properly, well."
I'm a gradely total abstainer, and mean to be all the days of my life, please
But eh, Betty, you've growed yourself into a gradely woman.
"Ay, sir," said the boy thankfully, "I'll go with you, for I'm sure you speak gradely."
"Oh, is that it!" cried Jacob, greatly relieved; "then I can manage it gradely, I haven't a doubt."
You've done me a good turn, and I know you're gradely.
I remember once hearing it used in Yorkshire by a man, who, speaking of a neighbour recently dead, said in a tone which implied esteem: "Aye, he was a very _gradely_ fellow."
"And if," added Jacob, "I can't find them as I'm seeking, nor hear anything gradely about 'em, I'll just come back and settle me down content."
Now, Ah do call to mind there be a track to left, some way down t 'ro'd, as'll take' ee gentle and pleasant 'tween two gradely hummocks down into Harthborough.
"God bless you," said Johnson, squeezing Ned's hand hard; "you're a gradely comforter."