inly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English inlic (adj), inlice (adv).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

inly

  1. (obsolete) Inward; interior; secret.
    • Shakespeare
      Didst thou but know the inly touch of love.

Adverb[edit]

inly (comparative more inly, superlative most inly)

  1. (now rare) Inwardly, within; internally; secretly.
    • Milton
      whereat he inly raged
    • Thomas Hardy
      Thus tempted, the lust to avenge me / Germed inly and grew.
  2. (obsolete) Heartily, completely, fully, thoroughly; extremely.