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FECKLY, adv. Also †fecklie, †fectlie. Mostly, for the most part; almost (ne.Sc., Ags. 1951). Also in n.Eng. dial. A superl. maist feckly is sometimes found. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 15:
The water fecklie on a level slade Wi little dinn.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 87:
Auld age maist feckly glowrs right dour Upo' the ailings o' the poor.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Inventory 29:
Three carts, an' twa are feckly new.
Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan II. vii.:
The fowk were feckly black.
Mry. 1873  J. Brown Round Table Club 321:
The kingdom o' Prooshia is feckly made up o' stowen whangs fae Polan' an' ither states.
Knr. 1891  “H. Haliburton” Ochil Idylls 90:
Nae doot it's feckly wrang to lee.
Bnff. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 41:
Men feckly see their neepers throwe their wives' specs.

[From Feck, n.1, v.1 O.Sc. has fectlie, effectively, c.1680.]

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