whitely

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From white +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

whitely (comparative more whitely, superlative most whitely)

  1. (now rare, Scotland) White; pale. [from 14th c.]
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, III.1:
      A whitly wanton, with a veluet brow, / With two pitch balles [] for eyes.

Adverb[edit]

whitely (comparative more whitely, superlative most whitely)

  1. In a white manner. [from 14th c.]
    • 1928, Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War, Penguin 2010, p. 161:
      an enemy aeroplane flew part of the way with us, and bomb after bomb burst flaming in the fields alongside, until ‘wished morn’ whitely appeared.