sweetly

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈswiːtli/
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  • Hyphenation: sweet‧ly

Adverb[edit]

sweetly (comparative sweetlier or more sweetly, superlative sweetliest or most sweetly)

  1. 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.

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