what is difference between gently and lightly
From Middle English gentilly, gentlych, gentilliche, equivalent to gentle + -ly, with *-lely simplified to -ly by haplology.
- IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛntli/
- Hyphenation: gen‧tly
gently (comparative gentlier or more gently, superlative gentliest or most gently)
- In a gentle manner.
- lighty (obsolete)
From Middle English lyghtly, liȝtliche, lihtliche, from Old English lēohtlīċe, equivalent to light + -ly.
- IPA(key): /ˈlaɪtli/
lightly (comparative lightlier or more lightly, superlative lightliest or most lightly)
- 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.”
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- lightly at OneLook Dictionary Search
- lightly in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.