- -ly-ly1 [lē][ME < OE -lic < Gmc * lika-, body > LIKE1] suffix forming adjectives1. like, characteristic of, suitable to [manly, godly, deadly]2. happening (once) every (specified period of time) [hourly, monthly]-ly2 [lē][ME < OE -lice < -lic] suffix forming adverbs1. in a (specified) manner or direction, to a (specified) extent, in or at a (specified) time or place [haply, inwardly, merely]2. in the (specified) order [firstly, thirdly]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.