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definition of the word -ly

by the Wiktionnary

From Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līko- (having the body or form of), from *līkom (body) (whence lich). Cognate with Dutch -lijk, German -lich and Swedish -lig.

-ly

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns, the adjectives having the sense of "like or characteristic of what is denoted by the noun".
    gentlemanly

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