Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a pleasant manner
  • Merrily; cheerfully; happily.
  • Jestingly; jocularly.

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

  • adverb In a pleasant manner.

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

  • adverb In a pleasant manner; so as to achieve a pleasant result.
  • adverb degree Lightly
  • adverb obsolete Ludicrously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a cheerful manner
  • adverb in an enjoyable manner

Etymologies

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pleasant +‎ -ly

Examples

  • One of the smaller plates from the set, a four-foot-long cutaway drawing in pleasantly soft sepia tones, hangs over my couch, and has followed me from Notre Dame to New York and finally to Milwaukee, a reminder that I must measure myself — success and failure alike — not against my peers, but against the great cathedral-builders of old, who had to think big as a matter of course.

    Matthew Alderman in Dappled Things

  • Is John McCain pleasantly surprised that gasoline in America where someone need to remind him he is running for President is $4.00 plus a gallon.

    McCain 'pleasantly surprised' by Iraqi leader

  • I suppose it shouldn't be so astonishing given the broad theme that tends to unite anthology stories; nonetheless I remain pleasantly surprised.

    October 2006

  • I†™ ve found it. ” The Systems voice chimed pleasantly from the walls of the house.

    365 tomorrows » 2006 » February : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • I suppose it shouldn't be so astonishing given the broad theme that tends to unite anthology stories; nonetheless I remain pleasantly surprised.

    REVIEW: Forbidden Planets edited by Marvin Kaye

  • So he nodded, and kept his expression pleasantly interested.

    Music to My Sorrow

  • So he nodded, and kept his expression pleasantly interested.

    Music To My Sorrow

  • Miss Roper, with all her skill, could not extract a word pleasantly soft from him one a week.

    The Small House at Allington

  • Kolinahr seemed like overkill; yet Kirk kept his expression pleasantly neutral.

    Recovery

  • "We may praise God as much for small mercies," said Martin pleasantly, "as for great ones; and trees must not be blighted that were appointed to fruit."

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

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