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alert +‎ -ly


alertly (comparative more alertly, superlative most alertly)

  1. In an alert manner; with alertness.
    • 1823, Walter Scott, Saint Ronan's Well, Chapter 9, [1]
      Behind one of the old oaks which we have described in the preceding chapter, shrouding himself from observation like a hunter watching for his game, or an Indian for his enemy, but with different, very different purpose, Tyrrel lay on his breast near the Buck-stane, his eye on the horse-road which winded down the valley, and his ear alertly awake to every sound which mingled with the passing breeze, or with the ripple of the brook.
    • 1897, H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man, Chapter 23, [2]
      I walked fast to avoid being overtaken. Every crossing was a danger, every passenger a thing to watch alertly.
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 1, [3]
      Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning. I was about to speak when she sat up alertly and said “Sh!” in a warning voice.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter ,
      She was wearing tight white shorts and a grey tank top of Jasper’s, in which her small breasts moved alertly.