gradely

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English greiþli, from Old Norse greiðliga.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gradely (comparative gradelier, superlative gradeliest)

  1. (Northern England) of a person; decent, well-meaning, respectable
    • Gracie Fields: "My work has meant travelling the world over, to great places and small, but home to me always means Rochdale and its gradely folk."
  2. excellent
    • 1881, Elizabeth Sophia Watson, Crabtree Fold: A Tale of the Lancashire Moors, page 53:
      Yo're well off to ha' Betsy Ogden comin' in; she's a gradely worker.
  3. handsome, fair
  4. real, proper

Adverb[edit]

gradely (comparative more gradely, superlative most gradely)

  1. properly, really

References[edit]

  1. ^ “gradely” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.