From Middle English wonderly, wonderli, wonderlich, from Old English wundorlīċ (“wonderful, miraculous”), from Proto-West Germanic *wundralīk, from Proto-Germanic *wundralīkaz, equivalent to wonder + -ly. Cognate with Saterland Frisian wunderelk, wunnerelk, West Frisian wûnderlik, Dutch wonderlijk, German Low German wunnerlik, German wunderlich, Swedish underlig, Icelandic undarlegur.
- (archaic) wondrous; wondersome
- 1812, 2014, Oliver Loo, The Original Grimm KHM 1812, page 330:
- The king sent his hunters over, they should see, what kind of animal was set in the tree, they came back and said: there lay such a wonderly animal therein, as they hade [sic] never seen in their life days, raw work of all kinds were on its skin, but it lay and slept.
- wonderly, to a wonderful degree, exceedingly.
- 1470–1485 (date produced), Thomas Malory, “Capitulum I”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book I, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, →OCLC; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: David Nutt, […], 1889, →OCLC, page 35:
- [A]nd in lyke wyse as she saide so they departed / that neyther the kynge nor none of his counceill were ware of their departyng / Also soone as kyng Vther knewe of theire departyng soo sodenly / he was wonderly wrothe / Thenne he called to hym his pryuy counceille / and told them of the sodeyne departyng of the duke and his wyf
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