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  • adj. Joyous; winsome; pleasant; gracious; goodly.
  • adv. Delightfully; pleasantly.
  • adv. Quietly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Joyous; winsome; pleasant; gracious; goodly.
  • Delightfully; pleasantly.
  • Quietly.


From Middle English winly, winnelich, from Old English wynlīċ ("joyous"), from Proto-Germanic *wunilīkaz (“joyous”), from *wunjō (“joy, delight, desire”), from Proto-Indo-European *wun-, *wenǝ- (“to wish, love”) + Proto-Germanic *-līkaz (“-ly, -like”). More at winne, winsome. (Wiktionary)


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