Definitions

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  • adv. In a shrinking manner; as if shrinking away

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a shrinking manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a shrinking manner; by shrinking.

Etymologies

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shrinking +β€Ž -ly

Examples

  • We've given and listened to their canned slide show CME lectures because it's easier than creating them ourselves in the shrinkingly small blocks of protected time academic medicine allows these days.

    Wyeth and University of Wisconsin sitting in a tree...

  • But it was a great listen on a boring and ball-shrinkingly cold day in Chicago!

    Tape Song

  • And, speaking of journalistic integrity, "touch my junk" was featured between repeat airings of the brain-shrinkingly stupid commercial for abstinence featuring "The Situation" and Bristol Palin, both of whom are famous for their, you know, virginity.

    Bob Cesca: When Your 'Junk' Is Touched at the Airport, Thank a Republican

  • She stood, shrinkingly, before him, as if she were afraid to meet his eyes; but her passionate sorrow was quite hushed and mute.

    David Copperfield

  • The child uttered a suppressed shriek on beholding this agreeable figure; in their first surprise both she and the old man, not knowing what to say, and half doubting its reality, looked shrinkingly at it.

    The Old Curiosity Shop

  • Occasionally, some youth among them who has over - eaten himself, or has been worried by dogs, trots shrinkingly homeward, like a prodigal son: but this is a rare case: perfect self-possession and self-reliance, and immovable composure, being their foremost attributes.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • He glanced here, and he glanced there, sullenly but shrinkingly; and sometimes stopped and turned about, and looked all round him.

    Little Dorrit

  • With a still surviving attachment to the one miserable yard and block of houses as her birthplace and home, she passed to and fro in it shrinkingly now, with a womanly consciousness that she was pointed out to every one.

    Little Dorrit

  • Mortimer, glancing rather shrinkingly towards the bunk; β€˜is it here?’

    Our Mutual Friend

  • But just then he started up, and shrinkingly sat down again.

    In Chancery

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