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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ȝongly, ȝunglich, from Old English ġeonglīċ (youthful), equivalent to young +‎ -ly.


youngly (comparative more youngly, superlative most youngly)

  1. (archaic) Like a young person or thing; young; youthful.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1849, The Living Age - Volume 23:
      As I mine eye about-e cast, His larg-e beard-e then at last I saw; and thought anon therefore How that his father him before, Which stood upon the sam-e place, Was beardless, with a youngly face.
    • 1916, Good Housekeeping - Volumes 62-63:
      Preacher how dance bunny-trot. When Hon. Sadson got through, he feel quite puffed but very enjoyable and say that, if youngly men would dance with preachers, tango would seem quite sinless.
    • 2009, Jason DeGray, Absolutely True Retellings: the Saga of Shamus:
      By the time he was a youngly adult dragon, he had secured a position as the most ruthless and feared bounty hunter in the Realm.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English ȝongliche, from Old English ġeonglīċe, equivalent to young +‎ -ly.


youngly (comparative more youngly, superlative most youngly)

  1. (archaic) While young; as a youth.
    And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow'st — Shakespeare.
    • 2013, Ned Rorem, The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem: 1961–1972:
      In six sexless weeks the least "good" of the twenty or so French books I've read is the diary of the youngly-dead Jean-Rene Huguenin (all the rage), because it lacks gossip and carnality, the very stuff of journals.
  2. (rare) In a young or youthful manner; youthfully
    • 1911, Sarah Pratt McLean Greene, The Long Green Road:
      The youngly born brother made no explanation of his sense of offense other than to go over and give Artie a stolid and resounding blow.
    • 2001, David L. Minter, Faulkner's Questioning Narratives:
      Refusing to go back to writing things he now thought "youngly glamorous," like Soldiers' Pay, or "trashily smart," like Mosquitoes, he decided to go on even if it meant relinquishing his dream of success.
    • 2002, Anthony Munday, ‎Henry Chettle, ‎Vittorio Gabrielli, Sir Thomas More: By Anthony Munday and Others:
      The youngest should speak first, so if I chance In this case to speak youngly, pardon me.
    • 2010, Katherine Ramsland, Anne Rice Reader:
      [...] he was also a divine personification, an actual figure, for example sculpted by Skopas (395—350 B.C.), which has been described as a “youngly ripened boy's body.”
    • 2014, Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel:
      Here we sit, the little minister straight from the book, bashful and youngly anxious, and I the Egyptian, not dancing now with rowanberries in her hair, but sadly altered.