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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English frely, freelich, from Old English frēolīc (free, freeborn, glorious, stately, magnificent, noble, beautiful, charming), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Middle Low German vrilik, vrigelik (free), Middle High German vrīlich (free).

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freely (comparative freelier or more freely, superlative freeliest or most freely)

  1. Free; frank.
  2. Generous; noble; excellent; beautiful; lovely.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English frely, freliche, from Old English frēolīċe (freely, readily, as a festival), equivalent to free +‎ -ly. Compare Dutch vrijelijk (freely), German freilich (certainly, of course).


freely (comparative more freely, superlative most freely)

  1. In a free manner.
    Wine was flowing freely.
  2. Without interference or restriction.
  3. Of one's own free will.
    I will freely help you.
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