from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a manner to vex, harass, or embarrass; vexatiously; hence also, humorously, greatly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb colloq. In a plaguing manner; vexatiously; extremely.

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  • adverb In a plaguy way.

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

  • adverb in a disagreeable manner


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plaguy +‎ -ly


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  • A bed at one corner, with coarse curtains tacked up at the feet to the ceiling; because the curtain-rings were broken off; but a coverlid upon it with a cleanish look, though plaguily in tatters, and the corners tied up in tassels, that the rents in it might go no farther.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The Lord Treasurer defers writing his letter to them, or else they would be plaguily confounded by this time.

    The Journal to Stella

  • “You shall not be excused”: however, I hope they will forget it; for if it should happen, all the puppies hereabouts will throng to hear me, and expect something wonderful, and be plaguily baulked; for I shall preach plain honest stuff.

    The Journal to Stella

  • It was to entertain Buys, the Dutch Envoy, who speaks English well enough: he was plaguily politic, telling a thousand lies, of which none passed upon any of us.

    The Journal to Stella

  • Gad, sir, though to please you I was in a passion, yet my mouth watered plaguily at the gold.

    The Beau Defeated: or, The Lucky Younger Brother

  • Pray Heaven that this be Don _Diego_ -- If I shou'd be trick'd now -- Ha! my Heart misgives me plaguily -- within there! stop the Marriage -- Run, Sirrah, call all my

    The Busie Body

  • I confess the gazettes do but afford a soup-maigre, whip-syllabub sort of narrative, accurate enough, perhaps in the main, but plaguily incommunicative of particulars: for instance, in the recent affair at

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 1

  • And three a bullet took O! But three times three died plaguily

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Oho, what o 'yon fierce-fingered rogue, good fellows, what o' yon knave -- 'a did twist my yeres plaguily and wring 'em roguishly, 'a did!

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn

  • There was something plaguily odd about this young gentleman's manner.

    The Sea-Hawk


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