Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to or resembling a needle or needles: as, a needly thorn.
  • Necessarily.
  • Urgently.

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

  • adverb obsolete Necessarily; of necessity.
  • adjective Like a needle or needles

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

  • adjective Like a needle or needles.
  • adverb archaic Necessarily; of necessity.
  • adverb archaic Urgently.
  • adverb archaic Zealously; carefully; earnestly.

Etymologies

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From needle +‎ -y.

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From Middle English needely, nedelich, from Old English *nīedlīċe (“necessarily”), from nīedlīc ("necessary"), equivalent to need (“necessity, need”) +‎ -ly. Merged with Etymology 1 above. Cognate with Middle Dutch nodelike, Middle Low German nōtliken, Middle High German nōtliche.

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From Middle English needely, neodliche, from Old English nēodlīċe ("eagerly, earnestly, carefully, zealously, diligently, sedulously; greatly"), equivalent to need (“desire”) +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Saxon niudlīko ("zealously, carefully"), German niedlich ("desirable, appealing, lovely, cute").

Examples

  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    Remedies

  • They are helping the most needly, and arent we all judged one day by the good and bad, arent nations judged by how they treat their mosty needy?

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  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    mise en bouteille / wine bottling

  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    Smokey

  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    Smokey

  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    mise en bouteille / wine bottling

  • Herbivorous mammals like horses, cattle and elephants have great millstone-like teeth for grinding cellulose, quite different from the shearing teeth of carnivores and the needly teeth of insectivores.

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  • Herbivorous mammals like horses, cattle and elephants have great millstone-like teeth for grinding cellulose, quite different from the shearing teeth of carnivores and the needly teeth of insectivores.

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

  • In one case, a child walking along the beach stepped on a needly oursin.

    Remedies

  • Dem hollowy needly hares make dem so warm dat dey hab da truble koolin off eben way up in da usedtobefrozen Nort.

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