finely

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From Middle English finely, fynely, fynly, fineliche, finliche, fynliche, equivalent to fine +‎ -ly.

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finely (comparative finelier or more finely, superlative fineliest or most finely)

  1. In a manner to produce a fine result; as to grind finely means to grid to a fine powder.
  2. Very well, in a great way
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      This girl could not be above eighteen: her face regular and sweet-featur'd, her shape exquisite; nor could I help envying her two ripe enchanting breasts, finely plump'd out in flesh

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