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FREELY, adv. Sc. usage: very (Ags. 1825 Jam.); entirely, completely, quite (I. and ne.Sc., Ags., m.Lth. 1953). Ags. 1728  State Trials (1813) XVII. 139:
The kennel was deep and dirty, and the pannel was deep in it, but not freely covered.
Abd. after 1768  A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 187:
A gallant squire of freely gentle cast.
Edb. 1773  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 78:
Shapes war nor thae, I freely ween Cou'd never meet the soldier's ein.
Abd. 1787  A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess v. i.:
Wi' Bess, he's freely o'er the lugs in love.
Sc. 1820  A. Sutherland St Kathleen III. 103:
By the siller ye sent me, I dootna bit ye've been freely lucky.
Abd. 1881  W. Paul Past and Present 34:
Sandy, I'm nae freely sae hard upon sleepers i' the kirk as some folk.
Bnff. 1934  J. M. Caie Kindly North 49:
The coorse anes aft win ow'r ye an' the ithers get yer froons — I dinna like tae speer, — but div ye freely think it's fair?

[O.Sc. frely, completely, fully, from 1470.]

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"Freely adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 10 Dec 2018 <>



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