gently vs lightly what difference

what is difference between gently and lightly

English

Etymology

From Middle English gentilly, gentlych, gentilliche, equivalent to gentle +‎ -ly, with *-lely simplified to -ly by haplology.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntli/
  • Hyphenation: gen‧tly

Adverb

gently (comparative gentlier or more gently, superlative gentliest or most gently)

  1. In a gentle manner.

Antonyms

  • roughly

Translations



English

Alternative forms

  • lighty (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English lyghtly, liȝtliche, lihtliche, from Old English lēohtlīċe, equivalent to light +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlaɪtli/

Adverb

lightly (comparative lightlier or more lightly, superlative lightliest or most lightly)

  1. In a light manner.
    • Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ “I never understood it,” she observed, lightly scornful. “What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I’m sure I don’t want to read riddles in a strange gentleman’s optics.”

Derived terms

  • take lightly

Translations

References

  • lightly at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • lightly in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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