needly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English needely, neodliche, from Old English nēodlīċe (eagerly, earnestly, carefully, zealously, diligently, sedulously; greatly); equivalent to need (desire) +‎ -ly. Cognate with Old Saxon niudlīko (zealously, carefully), German niedlich (desirable, appealing, lovely, cute).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈniːd.li/
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Adverb[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (archaic) Zealously; carefully; earnestly.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English needely, nedelich, from Old English *nīedlīċe (necessarily), from nīedlīc (necessary); equivalent to need (necessity, need) +‎ -ly. Merged with Etymology 1 above. Cognate with Middle Dutch nodelike, Middle Low German nōtliken, Middle High German nōtliche.

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Adverb[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (archaic) Necessarily; of necessity.
  2. (archaic) Urgently.

Etymology 3[edit]

From needle +‎ -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈniː.dəl.i/, /ˈniːd.li/

Adjective[edit]

needly (comparative needlier or more needly, superlative needliest or most needly)

  1. (informal) Like a needle or needles.
    a needly horn
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