needly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English needely, neodliche, from Old English nēodlīċe (eagerly, earnestly, carefully, zealously, diligently, sedulously; greatly), equivalent to need (desire) +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Saxon niudlīko (zealously, carefully), German niedlich (desirable, appealing, lovely, cute).

Adverb[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (archaic) Zealously; carefully; earnestly.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English needely, nedelich, from Old English *nīedlīċe (necessarily), from nīedlīc (necessary), equivalent to need (necessity, need) +‎ -ly. Merged with Etymology 1 above. Cognate with Middle Dutch nodelike, Middle Low German nōtliken, Middle High German nōtliche.

Adverb[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (archaic) Necessarily; of necessity.
  2. (archaic) Urgently.

Etymology 3[edit]

From needle +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (informal) Like a needle or needles.
    a needly horn; a needly beard
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. D. Blackmore to this entry?)
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