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From Middle English swetly, swetely, sweteliche, from Old English swētlīċe (“sweetly; pleasantly”), equivalent to sweet + -ly. Cognate with Old High German swuozlīhho (“sweetly”), Icelandic sætlega (“sweetly; with gratitude”), German süßlich (“sweetish; sugary”), Dutch zoetelijk (“sentimental”).
sweetly (comparative sweetlier or more sweetly, superlative sweetliest or most sweetly)
- In a sweet or pleasant manner.
- 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 232:
- "No, Auntie," said Hardman, sweetly, seriously.
- Nicely; finely; excellently.
- 2000, Bob Foster, Birdum or Bust!, Henley Beach, SA: Seaview Press, page 21:
- Sitting in the seat with the engine off before that day, the gears slid in so sweetly, and double de-clutching was so easy, I had done it a million times.
in a sweet or pleasant manner
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