from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hastily; quickly; promptly; eagerly.
  • Earnestly; firmly.


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  • And anon, the child that had fallen in the sea, came again prestly before them all, and brought in his hands the first cup, and recounted to the people that, anon as he was fallen in the sea, the blessed S. Nicholas came and kept him that he had none harm.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 2

  • So shall {e} ye plese hym̅ prestly, no nede to make excuse

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • "stypend or wagis of nyne marks by yere so long as he shall be of good and prestly conversacyon and demeanor, wt 'a p'vyso that yf the seyde prest be ffounde otherwyse, after monyc'on and reasonable warnyng to hym geven, he to be removed."

    The Churches of Coventry A Short History of the City & Its Medieval Remains

  • I wonder how much money lm prestly got for her "show" "marriage. by yoyoinla August 4, 2009 11: 05 AM EDT

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