manfully (adv.) c.1400, from MANFUL (Cf. manful) + -LY (Cf. -ly) (2). Old English had manlice "manfully, nobly."

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  • manfully — man|ful|ly [ˈmænfəli] adv old fashioned in a brave, determined way ▪ Joe struggled manfully with his case and rucksack …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • manfully — manful ► ADJECTIVE ▪ brave and resolute. DERIVATIVES manfully adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • manfully — adverb in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man having said her say Peggy manfully shouldered her burden and prepared to break up yet another home • Syn: ↑manly • Ant: ↑unmanfully • Derived from adjective: ↑manful …   Useful english dictionary

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