from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Above all; especially.
  • adv. Almost entirely; mainly.
  • adj. Of or relating to a chief: chiefly responsibilities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. especially or primarily; above all
  • adv. mainly or principally; almost entirely
  • adj. of, or relating to a chief

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the first place; principally; preëminently; above; especially.
  • adv. For the most part; mostly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a chief; proper to a chief.
  • Principally; above all; in the first place; eminently.
  • For the most part; mostly: as, his estates were chiefly situated in Scotland.
  • Synonyms Mainly, especially, eminently, primarily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. for the most part


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

chief +‎ -ly



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  • Thanks, E.B. White.

    December 12, 2010