headly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hedly, havedlich, from Old English hēafodlīċ (at the top, principal, capital, deadly), equivalent to head +‎ -ly.

Adjective[edit]

headly (comparative more headly, superlative most headly)

  1. (archaic) Chief; principal; capital; (of sins) deadly.
    • 1623, Shakespeare, King Henry V.:
      O'er blows the filthy and contagious clouds Of headly murther, spoil, and villainy.
  2. (archaic) Heady; violent; impetuous.

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