- silent; calm
1828, Various, The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12,:
- The dead--in holy, stilly peace, the sacred dead repose, Afar from earth's turmoil and grief, and all of sick'ning woes; From racking pain, and withering pride, and avarice's care, Secure they rest in solitude, unaw'd by sin or snare.
1879, Anthony Trollope, Thackeray:
- Long was the darkness, Lonely and stilly.
1902, Jack London, A Daughter of the Snows:
- Crickets sang of nights in the stilly cabins, and in the sunshine mosquitoes crept from out hollow logs […] .
1996, Stephen King, chapter 4, in The Green Mile, Pocket Books edition:
- . . . Marjorie used Central to call as many of her neighbors that were also on the exchange as she could, telling them of the disaster which had fallen like a lightning-stroke out of a clear sky, knowing that each call would produce overlapping ripples, like pebbles tossed rapidly into a stilly pond.
- While still and calm.
1868, George A. Lawrence, Guy Livingstone;:
- She passed away very stilly and painlessly.
1902, Mary Johnston, Audrey:
- The river, too, was colored, and every tree was like a torch burning stilly in the quiet of the evening.
1921, S.R. Crockett, Bog-Myrtle and Peat:
- When she arrived at the white boat which floated so stilly on the morning glitter of the water, only just stirred by a breeze from the south, she stepped at once on board.