-ly meaning

  • The suffix -ly in English is usually a contraction of -like, similar to the Anglo-Saxon lice and German lich. It is commonly added to an adjective to form an adverb, but in some cases it is used to form an adjective, such as ugly or manly.
  • Though the origin of the suffix is Germanic, it may now be added to adjectives of Latin origin, as in publicly.
  • When the suffix is added to a word ending in y, the y changes to an i before the suffix, as in happily (from happy).
  • When the suffix is added to a word ending in double l, no additional l is added; for example, full becomes fully. Note also wholly (from whole), which may be pronounced either with a single l sound (like holy) or with a doubled (geminate) l.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Morphemes
      • Suffixes
        • Adjective-forming suffixes
          • Adverb-forming suffixes
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      1. fr -lyse
      2. en -lysis
      3. en -lytic
      Source: Wiktionary

      Meaning of -ly for the defined word.

      Grammatically, this word "-ly" is a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe.
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