Selly Definition

adjective

(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Rare; wonderful; admirable.

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adverb

(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wonderfully.

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noun

(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A marvel; wonder; something wonderful or rare.

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Origin of Selly

  • From Middle English selli, sellich, from Old English sellīc, seldlīc (“rare, strange, wondrous, extraordinary, wonderful; having unusually good qualities, excellent, admirable; select, better, superior, choice”), equivalent to seld +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots selly, silly (“approved, good, worthy”), Old Saxon seldlīk (“rare, wonderful”), Gothic [script?] (sildaleiks, “wonderful”). [script?]

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