from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling or pertaining to grocers; carrying on the grocers' trade.
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One could see that he was shaken out of his usual grocerly calm, for his feverish hand was stroking a cat where no cat was.
One thing Bertha noticed was that, though the grocer invariable addressed her mother as "madam," in speaking to _her_ he never used the grocerly "miss" and when, by chance, she heard him bestow this objectionable title upon a servant girl who was making purchases at the same time, Bertha not only felt grateful for the distinction, but saw in it a fresh proof of Mr. Jollyman's good breeding.