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BRAWLY, BRAWLIE, Brawlies, Brawlis, Braaly, adv. and pred. adj. [′brɑ:l(z) Sc., but em. and wm.Sc. + ′br:l(z)]

1. adv.

(1) Very well, thoroughly, excellently. Gen.Sc. Sh. 1928  T. Shewan in Sh. Almanac 189:
Dir baith braaly ill, as far as I tink.
ne.Sc. 1874  W. Gregor Echo of Olden Time 78:
“Weel, faht did he say?” “Said? Brawlies div a ken faht he said.”
Lnl. 1890  A. M. Bisset Spring Blossoms 12:
For brawly kens the kindly dame Her favours we are needin'.
Arg. 1880  Stray Leaves 35 (per Arg.1):
Confound your proofs: what need o' sic a fuss? The thing, ye see, is brawlis kent by us.
Ayr. 1791  Burns Tam o' Shanter (Cent. ed.) l. 163:
But Tam kend what was what fu' brawlie.

(2) “Fairly” (Edb.1 1935). Cf. bravely s.v. Brave, adj. Sh. 1926–1928  J.G. Lowrie an' da wadder Forecast in Shet. Times:
Brawly close ta da mune.

2. pred. adj. Well, in good health. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1825  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 54:
All's well — wool up — nowte on the rise — . . . bairns brawly, and Mistress bonnier than ever.
Ags. 1822  A. Balfour Farmers' Three Daughters I. 102:
It was a daft like thing to make a bairn unwell, whan it was brawlie.

[See Braw. The -s in brawlies and brawlis is the ending of the gen., which case was used adverbially in O.E.]

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