ruly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ruly, rewly, rewely, reweliche, from Old English hrēowlīċ (grievous, pitiful, sad, wretched, cruel), equivalent to rue +‎ -ly.

Adjective[edit]

ruly (comparative rulier or more ruly, superlative ruliest or most ruly)

  1. Pitiable; miserable.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English rewly, reoly.

Adverb[edit]

ruly (comparative rulier or more ruly, superlative ruliest or most ruly)

  1. Pitiably; miserably.

Etymology 3[edit]

Back-formation from unruly, or perhaps a continuation of Middle English ruly, reuli (subject to a religious rule, regular), equivalent to rule +‎ -ly, rule +‎ -y; or perhaps from Old French rulé, reulé, rieulé (ruled), past participle of rieuler (to rule). More at rule.

Adjective[edit]

ruly (comparative rulier, superlative ruliest)

  1. neat and orderly