From Middle English greiþli, from Old Norse greiðliga.
gradely (comparative gradelier, superlative gradeliest)
- (Northern England) of a person; decent, well-meaning, respectable
- Gracie Fields: "My work has meant travelling the world over, to great places and small, but home to me always means Rochdale and its gradely folk."
1881, Elizabeth Sophia Watson, Crabtree Fold: A Tale of the Lancashire Moors, page 53:
- Yo're well off to ha' Betsy Ogden comin' in; she's a gradely worker.
- handsome, fair
- real, proper
gradely (comparative more gradely, superlative most gradely)
- properly, really