Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a pat manner; fitly, seasonably, conveniently, appositely.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Fitly; seasonably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pat manner; fitly; conveniently.

Etymologies

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From pat +‎ -ly

Examples

  • They had found out his name patly enough from their own messenger to Blue Lick Station.

    The Frontiersmen

  • Mr. Simonds can fall back a little too readily on his facility for making sculptural puns out of those little bricks, as in "Grown Walls" 2011, a pedestal-top piece in which a flower in the desert morphs outward, somewhat patly, into crumbling walls.

    Feats of Rock, Paint & Clay

  • “They took it where it needed to be,” she says, too patly for my tastes.

    THE HUSBANDS AND WIVES CLUB

  • “Everything else is running smoothly,” she said—too quickly and too patly.

    Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light

  • ` ` It's Oklahoma versus Portland, '' he said patly in response to the question.

    USATODAY.com

  • If today there are so many US fans in North America is patly due to the fact that they probably used to go to NASL games, or their fathers did.

    Yes it's a cheesy North American style nickname, but it's our cheesy North American style nickname

  • The teak coffin, Pughglasspanelfitted, feets to the east, was to turn in later, and pitly patly near the porpus, materially effecting the cause.

    Finnegans Wake

  • As, Shaun replied patly, with tootlepick tact too and a down of his dampers, to that I have the gumpower and, by the benison of Barbe, that is a lock to say with everything, my be-loved. —

    Finnegans Wake

  • One of the appealing things about the “homophobes are closet cases” idea was that it very patly explained the depth of their fear.

    Are Homophobes Really Repressing Homosexuality?

  • Now the mere idea of beautiful Lorna ever loving me, which he talked about as patly (though of course I never mentioned her) as if it were a settled thing, and he knew all about it, that mere idea so drove me abroad, that if he had asked three times as much, I could never have counted the money.

    Lorna Doone

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