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From Middle English mekely, mekeliche, equivalent to meek + -ly. Compare Old Norse mjúkliga.
meekly (comparative more meekly, superlative most meekly)
- In a meek manner; quietly and humbly.
- 1673, John Milton, When Faith and Love which parted from thee never:
- When Faith and Love which parted from thee never
Had ripen'd thy just soul to dwell with God,
Meekly thou did'st resign this earthly load
Of Death, call'd Life; which us from Life doth sever.