Definition of gainly in English:

Share this entry

gainly

Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪnli/

adjective

archaic
Graceful and well-proportioned: this is not a commodious alley, or a gainly street, but it has class

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'suitable, fitting'): from obsolete gain 'straight', from Old Norse gegn.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: gain¦ly

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.