gracelessly vs woodenly what difference

what is difference between gracelessly and woodenly

English

Etymology

From Middle English gracelessly; equivalent to graceless +‎ -ly.

Adverb

gracelessly (comparative more gracelessly, superlative most gracelessly)

  1. In a graceless manner
    • 1965, Wole Soyinka, The Interpreters, New York: Africana Publishing, 1972, Part One, Chapter 8, p. 116,
      Barabbas jumped down the eroded slope towards the water and slipped the last few feet gracelessly on his arse.
    • 1968, William Trevor, “The General’s Day” in Collected Stories, Penguin, 1992, p. 30,
      As he finished he heard the footsteps of the woman who daily came to work for him. They were slow, dragging footsteps implying the bulk they gracelessly shifted.

Middle English

Etymology

From graceles +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡraːs(ə)lɛːsliː/, /ˈɡraːs(ə)lɛsliː/

Adverb

gracelessly

  1. (Late Middle English, rare) Lacking God’s beneficence.

Descendants

  • English: gracelessly

References

  • “grācelēslī, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-05-14.


English

Etymology

From wooden +‎ -ly.

Adverb

woodenly (comparative more woodenly, superlative most woodenly)

  1. (of speech) Dully and without emotion.
    • 2009, Dale Brown, Strike Force, page 31
      “If they do, all they’ll find are hunks of metal,” Patrick said woodenly.
  2. (of movement) Clumsily or without animation.

Related terms

  • wooden

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