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From Middle English grundlich (profound, radical, solid), equivalent to ground +‎ -ly. Cognate with German gründlich (thorough, careful, deep, profound), Swedish grundlig (thorough, in depth, profound, radical).


groundly (comparative more groundly, superlative most groundly)

  1. (rare, archaic) Thorough, complete; solid; deep; profound
    • 1869, Berjeau, The Book-worm:
      A groundly instruction, wherein the difference betwixt God the Father, and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, is declared []


groundly (comparative more groundly, superlative most groundly)

  1. (rare, archaic) To the very ground, to the very bottom; thoroughly, completely; solidly; deeply; profoundly
    • 1846, Galt, Life of Cardinal Wosley:
      Sir, when I groundly considered your provident forecast, as well for the conservation of your navy from damage, as the princely zeal that ye bear to preserve your subjects and their goods []
    • 1856, John Marston, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, The works of John Marston:
      Those whom princes do once groundly hate, Let them provide to die as sure us fate.

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