- Obs. of, like, or characteristic of the night
- done or occurring every night
- Obs. at night
- night after night; every night
From Middle English *nightly, nyÈtly, nihtlich, from Old English nihtlÄ«c, nihtelÄ«c (“nocturnal, nightly, of the night, at night"), equivalent to night +"Ž -ly. Cognate with Scots nichtlie (“nightly"), West Frisian nachtlik (“nightly, nocturnal"), Dutch nachtelijk (“nightly, nocturnal"), German nÃ¤chtlich (“nocturnal, nightly"), Danish natlig (“nightly"), Swedish nattlig (“nightly, nocturnal").