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trim +‎ -ly


trimly (comparative more trimly, superlative most trimly)

  1. In a trim manner; neatly, smartly.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act I, Scene 3,[1]
      [] when the fight was done,
      When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,
      Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
      Came there a certain lord, neat, and trimly dress’d,
      Fresh as a bridegroom []
    • 1707, Joseph Addison, Rosamond, London: Jacob Tonson, Act II, Scene 2, p. 17,[2]
      [] tell me why
      With weeping Eyes so oft I spy
      His Whiskers curl’d, and Shoo-strings ty’d,
      A new Toledo by his Side,
      In Shoulder-belt so trimly plac’d,
      With Band so nicely smooth’d and lac’d.
    • 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, Book Two, Chapter 6,[3]
      [] in a few score yards I would come upon perfectly undisturbed spaces, houses with their blinds trimly drawn and doors closed, as if they had been left for a day by the owners, or as if their inhabitants slept within.
    • 1914, James Joyce, “After the Race” in Dubliners, London: Grant Richards, p. 49,[4]
      In one of these trimly built cars was a party of four young men whose spirits seemed to be at present well above the level of successful Gallicism []
  2. (obsolete) Effectively, handily, nicely, thoroughly, soundly, well.
    • 1566, Thomas Becon, A New Postil Conteinyng Most Godly and Learned Sermons upon all the Sonday Gospelles, London, “The third Sonday after Easter, The Gospell. Ihon. xvi.,” p. 235,[5]
      And it is sayde both moste trimly and truly in the Epistle to the Hebreues, as we heard afore: If ye be not vnder correction, (wherof all are partakers) then are ye bastardes and not sonnes.
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 104-106,[6]
      [] a merry winters tale would drive away the time trimly, come I am sure you are not without a score.
    • 1642, Thomas Fuller, The Holy State, Cambridge: John Williams, Book Four, Chapter 16: The Embassadour, p. 319,[7]
      Lewis the eleventh King of France is sufficiently condemn’d by Posterity for sending Oliver his Barber in an Embassage to a Princesse, who so trimly dispatch’d his businesse, that he left it in the suddes, and had been well wash’d in the river at Gant for his pains, if his feet had not been the more nimble.