- Rhymes: -iːli
From Middle English frely, freelich, from Old English frēolīc ( “free, freeborn, glorious, stately, magnificent, noble, beautiful, charming” ), equivalent to free + -ly. Cognate with Middle Low German vrilik, vrigelik ( “free” ), Middle High German vrīlich ( “free” ) .
From Middle English frely, freliche, from Old English frēolīċe ( “freely, readily, as a festival” ), equivalent to free + -ly. Cognate with Dutch vrijelijk ( “freely” ), German freilich ( “certainly, of course” ) .
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