Definitions

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  • adj. Rare; wonderful; admirable.
  • adv. Wonderfully.
  • n. A marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wonderful; admirable; rare.
  • n. A wonder; marvel.
  • Wonderfully.

Etymologies

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From Middle English selli, sellich, from Old English sellīc, seldlīc ("rare, strange, wondrous, extraordinary, wonderful; having unusually good qualities, excellent, admirable; select, better, superior, choice"), equivalent to seld +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots selly, silly ("approved, good, worthy"), Old Saxon seldlīk ("rare, wonderful"), Gothic  (sildaleiks, "wonderful").

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