selly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English selli, sellich, from Old English sellīċ, seldlīċ (rare, strange, wondrous, extraordinary, wonderful; having unusually good qualities, excellent, admirable; select, better, superior, choice), from Proto-Germanic *seldalīkaz, equivalent to seld +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots selly, silly (approved, good, worthy), Old Saxon seldlīk (rare, wonderful), Gothic 𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌳𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍃 (sildaleiks, wonderful).

Adjective[edit]

selly (comparative sellier or more selly, superlative selliest or most selly)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Rare; wonderful; admirable.

Adverb[edit]

selly (comparative sellier or more selly, superlative selliest or most selly)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wonderfully, wondrous.
    • Malory
      His brother was [] selly sick and sore unsound.

Noun[edit]

selly (plural sellies)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare.
    • 1995, Robert J. Blanch, Julian N. Wasserman, From Pearl to Gawain:
      The line is a masterstroke of noncommitment, for the event is a "selly" in the sight of some unidentified readers.

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