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Anerly, adv. and a. Also: anerlie, -lye, -le, anerelie, -ly, annerlie; anirly, anyrly; anarlie. [Variant of Anely adv. Cf. Allanerly. The r may have been inserted on the analogy of Enkerly adv.]

1. adv. Only; solely; merely. Also bot anerly. 1375 Barb. ii. 58.
Thai said that he … Duelt in his chambyr ythanly, With a clerk with him anerly
Ib. vi. 605.
Had he dred bot anerly Than me five, I trow [etc.]
Ib. xii. 435.
Outane the vaward anerly
a1400 Leg. S. vi. 316.
Na temporale gud, Ovtane anerly clath & fud
1381 Douglas Chart. 30.
Owr awin kynde men … anyrly ovtakyn
1392 Lennox Mun. 49.
The settyng of al our landes … for sex marcis of male anerly be ȝer
1408 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 176.
Outtakand his allegeance til … the King anerly
c1420 Wynt. v. 2032.
Bot ten men anerly Off the Romanys fra that place Etchapyd
1426 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 202.
Safand anerly the chemyss of the Bord
1456 Hay I. 144/3.
Quhethir he aw … to be payit for all the ȝere, or anerly for the tyme that he has servit him anerly
a1500 Rauf C. 590.
Full few thair I fand; Saif anerly ane man
c1475 Wall. viii. 481.
Bot that was nocht throuch his strenth anerly
1513 Doug. ix. iv. 124.
Thy maist reuthfull mother, … Quhilk anerly of hir maist tendir mynd … Hes followyt thé
1526 15th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. viii. 15.
Tresone in our persone anerlie exceptit
1547 Treas. Acc. IX. 120.
Dischargeing all boittis to pas upoun the se, bot to bryng owre folkes annerlie

b. Nocht anerly … bot (als, als weill, also), = Allanerly adv. 2 b. a1400 Leg. S. x. 111.
The apostil nocht anerly helpyt thame … Bot al the lawe
c1420 Wynt. iv. 2450.
Noucht anerly bathe lord and syre … thai wald hym calle, Bot … thai said alle [etc.]
1456 Hay II. 14/12.
The princis war nocht anerly content … bot sen thai ordanyt him to be a lorde
c1460 Thewis Wysmen 301.
Nocht anerly [to] … Hawe knawlege of wys menis thewis, Bot als of fulys
1518 Edinb. B. Rec. 182.
Nocht anerly to the … policy of our said kirk, bot als weill to the dayly augmentatioun … of merchandice
1548 Acts II. 481/2.
Not anerlie hes [he] send this armie presentlie bot also promittis … to haue in garnisoun men of weir

2. adj. Alone, solitary; single, sole; only. 1375 Barb. vi. 132.
Thai … That saw him stand thair anerly
Ib. vii. 59.
Quhen he saw his lord swa stad, That he wes left swa anerly
c1420 Wynt. v. 2382; etc.
Lewe me noucht … Swa anyrly behynd the here
1456 Hay II. 21/14.
The quhilk is ane anerly God allane in Trinitee and Unitee
c1450 Cr. Deyng 67; Ib. 221.
Tharfor God … send his anerly sone to be incarnat
1518 Treas. Acc. V. 148.
Summa of his anerlie abilȝeamentis
1548 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. vi. 54.
We mak … Johnne bishop of Dunkeld … our anerle executour … to our eldest sone
Buch. Admon. 19 (J).
Thair wald nane of thame cum to Parliament, to further thair desyre with ane anerlie vote

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