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From Middle English musicallye, musikili; equivalent to musical +‎ -ly.


musically (comparative more musically, superlative most musically)

  1. In a musical manner.
    The wind chimes tinkled musically in the breeze.
    • 1656, T[homas] B[lount], Glossographia: Or a Dictionary, Interpreting all ſuch Hard Words, Whether Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spaniſh, French, Teutonick, Belgick, Britiſh or Saxon, as are now uſed in our refined Engliſh Tongue. [] [1], To the Reader:
      Something might alſo be ſaid of the choice of Words, in our refined Engliſh Tongue; which are to be liked and approved according to their tone, and the ſweetneſs of their cadence, that is, as they run muſically in the Ear.
    • 1737, R[ichard] Glover, “Book VI”, in Leonidas. A Poem.[2], page 152:
      [] with accents muſically ſweet
      A tender voice his wondring ear allur'd.
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      A gentle breeze fills the huge sail of our dhow, and draws us through the water that ripples musically against her sides.
    • 1970, Larry Niven, Ringworld, page 276:
      Prill laughed musically[.]
  2. In terms of music.
    The film looked good, but was musically lacking.
    • 1734, The Eight Volumes of Letters Writ by a Turkiſh Spy who Liv'd Five and Forty Years Undiſcover'd at Paris: [] [3], page 232:
      He's alſo muſically given, and ſo light of Heel, that there are few People can out-walk him.
    • 1893 November, Owen Wister, “Catholicity in Musical Taste”, in The Atlantic Monthly, volume LXXII, number CCCCXXXIII:
      Each sings the tune and words independently of his predecessor and follower, and their blending, though a collision of three sets of words and three sets of notes, is musically coherent.