Middle English Dictionary Entry

ēsī̆lī adv.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

In comfortable circumstances, comfortably; in luxury; so as to provide comfort.
Without haste, leisurely; gradually, slowly; esili a pas, with unhurried step.
With little effort or difficulty; easily, conveniently, readily.
Gently, in a mild or kindly manner; quietly, softly.
Indifferently, poorly; scarcely;--preceded by but.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 Sln.122 Artist.Recipes (Sln 122) 116/24 : Stoppe faste þe mouth þat non eyre do in noþer out, and 6 wekes afterward opyn the barel esilyche, and take a stik and schake of þe white that hongeth on þe plates.
  • Note: Postdates sense 4. New spelling (esiliche).