belligerently

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

belligerent +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

belligerently (comparative more belligerently, superlative most belligerently)

  1. In a belligerent manner.
    • 1939, John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, New York: Viking, 1962, Chapter 26, p. 512,[1]
      “How’d you get a job like this?” she asked.
      “A fella got to eat,” he began; and then, belligerently, “A fella got a right to eat.”