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featly

[feet-lee] /ˈfit li/
adverb
1.
suitably; appropriately.
3.
neatly; elegantly.
adjective
4.
graceful; elegant.
Origin of featly
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English fetly. See feat2, -ly
Related forms
featliness, noun
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  • It was fun to watch them padding about so swiftly, coiling ropes, and doing their tasks so featly.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • May they be as featly sped As the one that pierced his head.

  • The lane was a place of enchantment—a long, moonlit colonnade adown which beguiling wood nymphs might have footed it featly.

    Chronicles of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Yet I know handsomely and featly how to compose and settle them all.

  • featly received many a mead-cup the mighty-in-spirit, kinsmen who sat in the sumptuous hall, Hrothgar and Hrothulf.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • The voices of the flowers were lifted in gentle cadences to the rhythm of the feathered dancers' featly twists and turns.

    The Zankiwank and The Bletherwitch S. J. Adair Fitzgerald
  • Then may you indeed foot it featly, and sweet spirits bear the burden for you—with watch in the night, and call in early morning.

  • These maidens begin to dance on the green grass, and so featly do they step that they scarce seem to touch the ground.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Think you that our muckle clumsy bodies could run and hide as featly?

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Then you may indeed foot it featly, and sweet spirits bear the burden for you—with watch in the night, and call in early morning.

British Dictionary definitions for featly

featly

/ˈfiːtlɪ/
adverb (archaic)
1.
neatly
2.
fitly
Derived Forms
featliness, noun
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