Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thorough, complete; solid; deep; profound
  • adv. To the very ground, to the very bottom; thoroughly, completely; solidly; deeply; profoundly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Solidly; deeply; thoroughly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • As to the basis or foundation; with regard to fundamentals or essentials; in principles; solidly; not superficially; carefully.

Etymologies

From Middle English grundlich ("profound, radical, solid"), equivalent to ground +‎ -ly. Cognate with German gründlich ("thorough, careful, deep, profound"), Swedish grundlig ("thorough, in depth, profound, radical"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "No man," he wrote, "can more groundly consider the politic governance of your said realm, nor more assuredly look to the preservation thereof, than ye yourself."

    Henry VIII.

  • Think you not that the world may groundly say, Some great iniquity lies hid in the skirts of your brethren; when in truth the transgression is yet your own?

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

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