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[adverb stil-lee; adjective stil-ee] /adverb ˈstɪl li; adjective ˈstɪl i/
quietly; silently.
Chiefly Literary. still; quiet.
Origin of stilly
before 1000; Middle English (adv.); Old English stillīce. See still1, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The entertainment was pure magic, untouched by human clumsiness, rare and spellbound as a stilly afternoon in oak woods by a lake.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • It was a toss-up between "Annie Rooney" and "Oft in the stilly night."

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • She moved about the house with a step as stilly as the falling dews.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • I'm going to buy our supplies at that house, stilly, if you have no objections.

  • Say, stilly, I'm off uptown to attend to the emptiness in this stone utensil.

  • One might have said that they were for a time in the midst of a vast and stilly desert.

  • Such, now, is the stilly silence that by comparison the pipe of a passing redshank sounds well-nigh scandalous!

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The moonlight flung their stilly shadows to the tattered roses.

    The King of Alsander James Elroy Flecker
  • The deep-toned "ora pro nobis" breaks in upon the stilly air.

  • But "Oft in the stilly Night" itself is far above the others.

British Dictionary definitions for stilly


adverb (ˈstɪllɪ)
(archaic or literary) quietly or calmly
adjective (ˈstɪlɪ)
(poetic) still, quiet, or calm
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