manfully

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English manfully; equivalent to manful +‎ -ly.

Adverb[edit]

manfully (comparative more manfully, superlative most manfully)

  1. In a manful manner; with the characteristics considered typical of a man, such as strength, courage, and determination.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Mark Twain, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
      One (ant) struggled manfully by with a dead spider five times as big as itself in its arms.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Anthony Trollope, The Bertrams, p.264
      She manfully struggled on, however - womanfully would perhaps be a stronger and more appropriate word. She had to calculate not only how to play her own hand correctly, but she had to calculate on her partner's probable errors.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From manful +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

manfully

  1. (Late Middle English) Bravely, strongly, daringly, determinedly
  2. (Late Middle English, rare) In a way that displays nobility or manfulness.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: manfully

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