felly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English fely, from Old English felge, dative of felg, from Proto-Germanic *felgǭ (compare East Frisian feelge, Dutch velg, German Felge), from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥g̑ʰ- (compare Polish płoza 'sliding iron', Old Church Slavonic plĭzati 'to creep, crawl').

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

felly (plural fellies)

  1. The outer rim of a wheel, supported by the spokes.
    • 1602, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 2 scene 2 lines 426-430:
      all you Gods, / In generall Synod take away her power: / Breake all the Spokes and Fallies from her wheele [...].
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      The felly harshed against the curbstone: stopped.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From fell +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛlli/, /ˈfɛli/

Adverb[edit]

felly (comparative more felly, superlative most felly)

  1. (now rare) Fiercely, harshly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vi:
      Ioues dreaded thunder light / Does scorch not halfe so sore, nor damned ghoste / In flaming Phlegeton does not so felly roste.

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

felly

  1. so, thus