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From Middle English *fotlich, from Old English fōtlīċ (on foot, pedestrian), equivalent to foot +‎ -ly.


footly (not comparable)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the foot or feet.
    • 1971, June 3, New Scientist
      It has been officially confirmed that this refers to the four-legged variety and is in no way connected with any footly revival of Aneurin Bevan's previous detection about the place of two-legged dextral vermin.
  2. (nonce word) Pedestrian; on foot.
    • 1906, The Strand Magazine
      All footly were the Illiterates, []


footly (not comparable)

  1. In a footly manner; by foot.
    • 1902, Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Captain January:
      Oh! foot it featly, and feat it footly, and dance and sing, and tootle-ty ting!"