sely

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sely, from Old English sǣliġ (blessed, fortunate), (also gesǣliġ (happy, prosperous, blessed, fortunate)), from Proto-West Germanic *sālīg (happy). Equivalent to seel +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

sely (comparative selier, superlative seliest)

  1. Obsolete form of silly.
  2. (archaic) spiritually favored, blessed, holy, virtuous, righteous
  3. (archaic) worthy, noble, fine, excellent
    • the sely man — the goodman, husband
  4. (archaic) fortunate, lucky, prosperous
    • c. 1437-1385, Geoffrey Chaucer, The House of Fame
      Now at erste shul ye here So sely an avisyon That..Scipion..Ne mette such a drem.
  5. (archaic) happy, pleasant
  6. (archaic) wealthy (figurative)
  7. (archaic) innocent, harmless; good
  8. (archaic) simple, guileless; foolish, gullible; doting; ignorant
  9. (archaic) weak, helpless, defenseless, hapless
  10. (archaic) wretched, unfortunate, miserable, pitiable
  11. (archaic) humble, lowly, poor
  12. (archaic) worthless, trifling, insignificant

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sely in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

  • Middle English Dictionary

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Verb[edit]

sely

  1. inflection of sít:
    1. inanimate masculine plural past participle
    2. feminine plural past participle

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Noun[edit]

sely

  1. instrumental plural of selo

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