thusly (not comparable)
- (proscribed) thus (in this way).
- 1865, Hingston (ed.), Artemus Ward (His Travels) Among the Mormons:
- Ar, tell me it is not so thusly as this thusness wouldst seem!
- 1866, Petroleum V. Nasby, Life of Androo Johnson
- His course can only be akkounted for thusly:
- 1866, Harper's Magazine,
- He had an attack of catarrh not long ago, and it happened, as J. Billings would say, "thusly:"
- 1893, Isabel Burton, The Life of Captain Sir Richard F. Burton KCMG, FRGS, volume II:
- Stories never lose anything in the recital, and consequently this one grew thusly.
- 1995 December, John P. Wiley Jr, quoting Edward R. Harrison, Smithsonian Magazine:
- The history of the Universe has been summed up thusly: "Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people."
- 1996, Charles Harding, High Rise Dwelling:
- Going thusly, unwillingly at the bell,
- Answering the call to recycle my time.
Although thusly has diffused into popular usage, it may be regarded as incorrect by some; instead, other equivalent expressions (such as thus or this way) can be used. It originated in the Eastern U.S., and it is still more common in American than British English; it is "often used for amusement or to make an ironic point."