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In English, as many adverbs often end in -ly, adjectives ending in -ly can easily get mistaken for adverbs.

In the list below you will find many adjectives ending in -ly (a few of them can be both adjectives and adverbs).


As a general rule:

  • words deriving from [adjective] + -ly are adverbs
  • while words deriving from [noun] + -ly are adjectives


List of adjectives ending in -ly[edit | edit source]

A[edit | edit source]

  • authorly

B[edit | edit source]

  • beastly
  • bodily
  • bristly
  • brotherly
  • bubbly
  • burly

C[edit | edit source]

  • chilly
  • comely
  • costly
  • courtly
  • cowardly
  • Crassly
  • crinkly
  • crumbly
  • cuddly
  • curly

D[edit | edit source]

  • daily (Can also be an adverb)
  • dastardly
  • deadly
  • deathly
  • disorderly

E[edit | edit source]

  • early
  • earthly
  • easterly
  • elderly

F[edit | edit source]

  • fatherly
  • fortnightly (Can also be an adverb)
  • friendly
  • frilly

G[edit | edit source]

  • gangly
  • gentlemanly
  • ghastly
  • ghostly
  • giggly
  • godly
  • goodly
  • gravelly
  • Greatly
  • grisly

H[edit | edit source]

  • heavenly
  • hilly
  • holy
  • homely
  • hourly
  • housekeeperly
  • humanly
  • husbandly

J[edit | edit source]

  • jolly

K[edit | edit source]

  • kindly
  • kingly
  • Kingly

L[edit | edit source]

  • leisurely
  • likely
  • lively
  • logically
  • lonely
  • lovely
  • lowly
  • luckily

M[edit | edit source]

  • maidenly
  • manly
  • mannerly
  • masterly
  • matronly
  • mealy
  • measly
  • melancholy
  • miserly
  • monthly (Can also be an adverb)
  • motherly

N[edit | edit source]

  • neighbourly
  • nightly
  • north easterly
  • northerly
  • north-westerly

O[edit | edit source]

  • oily
  • only
  • orderly
  • otherworldly

P[edit | edit source]

  • painterly
  • pearly
  • pebbly
  • pimply
  • poorly
  • Portly
  • priestly
  • princely
  • premeditatedly
  • physically

Q[edit | edit source]

  • quarterly
  • queenly

R[edit | edit source]

  • rumbly

S[edit | edit source]

  • saintly
  • scaly
  • scholarly
  • shapely
  • sickly
  • silly
  • sisterly
  • slatternly
  • slovenly
  • sly
  • smelly
  • southerly
  • sparkly
  • spindly
  • sprightly
  • squiggly
  • stately
  • Stately
  • steely
  • surly
  • swiftly (can also be an adverb)

T[edit | edit source]

  • timely
  • treacly
  • thoughtfully

U[edit | edit source]

  • ugly
  • unearthly
  • unfriendly
  • ungainly
  • unlikely
  • unruly
  • unseemly
  • unsightly
  • untimely
  • unworldly

V[edit | edit source]

  • vastly

W[edit | edit source]

  • weekly (Can also be an adverb)
  • westerly
  • wifely
  • wily
  • wobbly
  • womanly
  • woolly
  • worldly
  • wriggly
  • wrinkly

Y[edit | edit source]

  • yearly (can also be an adverb)

What is an adjective?[edit | edit source]

An adjective is a word that modifies a noun. Adjectives may come before the word they change.

  • Example: "It is a cute dog."

Adjectives may also follow the word they modify:

  • Example: "That cat looks nice."

What is an adverb?[edit | edit source]

An adverb is a word that modifies verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

Adverbs answer how, when, where, why, or to what extent—how often or how much (e.g., daily, completely).

  • Examples: "He walks slowly" (tells how)

How to change an adjective ending in -ly into an adverb?[edit | edit source]

Many adverbs are formed from adjectives by adding the ending -ly:

  • beautiful becomes beautifully
  • bad become badly


However, adjectives ending in -ly cannot be turned into adverbs by adding -ly.


You need to use a different structure like in the example below :

  • lovely becomes in a lovely way.

Authors[edit | edit source]

m7mdnasser

_Julitka_

Sources[edit | edit source]

https://polyglotclub.com/language/english/question/35524


Contributors

128.12.122.14 and Vincent


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