There are 2 main definitions of -ly in English:

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-ly 1

Pronunciation: /lē/

suffix

Forming adjectives meaning:
1Having the qualities of: brotherly rascally

Origin

Old English -līc, of Germanic origin; related to like1.

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Syllabification: -ly

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There are 2 main definitions of -ly in English:

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-ly 2

Pronunciation: /lē/

suffix

Forming adverbs from adjectives, chiefly denoting manner or degree: greatly happily pointedly

Origin

Old English -līce, of Germanic origin.

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Syllabification: -ly

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