-ly

1. the normal adverbial suffix, added to almost any descriptive adjective, as in gladly, gradually.

2. the adverbial suffix applied to units of time, meaning `per', as in hourly.
3. adjective suffix meaning `like', as in saintly, manly.
{Middle English -li, -ly, lich(e), Old English -līc, related to German -lich and to Old English noun līc body. See like1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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