Definitions

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  • adj. Aiding; assisting; ready to help; helpful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Aiding; assisting; helpful.

Etymologies

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From Middle English helply, equivalent to help +‎ -ly. Cognate with Middle Low German hulplik ("helply"), Middle High German helflich, helfelich ("helply").

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  • Here's an archaic adjective that ends in -ly like an adverb.

    December 5, 2010