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body +‎ -ly



bodily (comparative more bodily, superlative most bodily)

  1. Of, relating to, or concerning the body.
    His bodily deficiencies were a heavy burden to him.
  2. Having a body or material form; physical; corporeal.
    • Tatler
      You are a mere spirit, and have no knowledge of the bodily part of us.
  3. Real; actual; put into execution.
    • Shakespeare
      Be brought to bodily act.




bodily (not comparable)

  1. In or by the body; physically.
    He was thrown bodily out of the house.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Voyage”, in Treasure IslandWikisource:
      In I got bodily into the apple barrel, and found there was scarce an apple left; but sitting down there in the dark, what with the sound of the waters and the rocking movement of the ship, I had either fallen asleep or was on the point of doing so when a heavy man sat down with rather a clash close by.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      The papering of one side of the room had dropped down bodily, with fragments of plaster adhering to it, and almost blocked up the door.