masterly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English maisterly, equivalent to master +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

masterly (comparative more masterly, superlative most masterly)

  1. Executed in the manner of a master; showing skill and competence.
    Her years of experience enabled her to render a masterly performance.
  2. Imperious; domineering; arbitrary.

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Adverb[edit]

masterly (comparative more masterly, superlative most masterly)

  1. In a masterful manner; competently.
    • 1818, Belle Assemblée: Or, Court and Fashionable Magazine
      At length the sound of a flute broke upon mine ear; it was not played masterly, but the tones were very sweet; and what is more correct, perhaps, they harmonized with my feelings.