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smiling +‎ -ly


smilingly (comparative more smilingly, superlative most smilingly)

  1. In a smiling manner; with a smile.
    • 1589, George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie, Chapter 8,[1]
      But me thinks at these words I heare some smilingly say, I would be loath to lacke liuing of my own till the Prince gaue me a maner of new Elme for my riming []
    • 1606, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act V, Scene 3,[2]
      But his flaw’d heart,
      Alack, too weak the conflict to support!
      ’Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief,
      Burst smilingly.
    • 1753, Samuel Richardson, The History of Sir Charles Grandison in a Series of Letters, London: William Miller, 1811, Volume II, Letter 28, p. 279,[3]
      He looked smilingly serious.
    • 1816, John Keats, “Sleep and Poetry,”[4]
      Lo! how they murmur, laugh, and smile, and weep:
      Some with upholden hand and mouth severe;
      Some with their faces muffled to the ear
      Between their arms; some, clear in youthful bloom,
      Go glad and smilingly athwart the gloom;
      Some looking back, and some with upward gaze;
      Yes, thousands in a thousand different ways
      Flit onward []
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 27,[5]
      So Amelia gave Dobbin her little hand as she got out of the carriage, and rebuked him smilingly for not having taken any notice of her all night.
    • 1909, R. Austin Freeman, “The Man with the Nailed Shoes,” in John Thorndyke’s Cases,[6]
      [] Thorndyke, having unstrapped the hamper with as much care as if it contained a collection of priceless porcelain, bore it tenderly up to his bedroom; whence he appeared, after a considerable interval, smilingly apologetic for the delay.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[7]:
      "Don't tell me, Daddy, that you with all your complex brain and wonderful self are a thing with no more life hereafter than a broken clock!" "Four buckets of water and a bagful of salts," said Challenger as he smilingly detached his daughter's grip.