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Hevily, Hevely, adv. Also: hevilie, -yly, -yle; hewilie, -yly, -elie, -ele; hewele, -elly, heweallie; heavily, -illie, heivilie, heav-, heawelie; hevaly, hew-, heavalie; Havily. [ME. hevely, hevelie, early heviliche, OE. hefiᵹlíce.] Heavily, in literal or (usually) transferred senses.(1) 1375 Barb. iii. 235.
It ranyt sa hard and hewyly
Ib. vii. 209.
His fut he set Apon his man weill hevaly
a1500 Peblis to Play 197.
So hevelie he hochit about
1581 Reg. Privy C. III. 415.
They … tuke thame all thre … to England, quhair they remanit … hevelie fettirt and bound with fettiris
(2) a1500 Henr. Fab. 242 (A).
Hevely scho kest hir browis doun
1513 Doug. ii. ii. 60.
Hevely weyand my … frende thus slane
1533 Boece i. v. 42.
Scottis weying this dispite maist hevily … devisit to be revengit
15.. Clar. i. 858.
He met ane Squyer musing hevilie
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2773.
Bot I dreid sair, and heuilie I fear
1558-66 Knox II. 137.
He bare it heavelie in harte, and more heavelie then many wold have wissed
a1578 Pitsc. I. 90/17.
Schir Patrick … was heavelie displeasit
Ib. /18.
He was heawilie discontentit thairwith
c1615 Chron. Kings 168.
The Queine wes hewalie offendit
1623 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 205.
Quha regratis verie heivilie that thay ar troublit efter this forme
16.. Hist. Kennedy 13.
My lord tuik the same werry heweallie in heid
(3) 1476 Thanes of Cawdor 64.
As it is rycht hevyly menit and complenit to us … that [etc.]
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxv. 6.
Off Fortoun I complenit hevely
1531 Bell. Boece I. 96.
Thir princis … lamentit hevely the fekilnes of Arviragus
1565 Knox II. 503.
This manner of handling and usage … were heavily spoken of
c1590 Fowler II. 48/25.
Ireneus heuely inuehit against him
1600 Conv. Burghs II. 81.
The brugh of Kinghorne … is now laitle hewelie trublit and hurt
(4) c1490 Irland Asl. MS. I. 8/22.
He … synnis hevely in heresye
Ib. 18/22.
Of the circumstance that garris the syn grow richt hevely
1533 Gau 12/32.
Thay sine hewilie aganis this forsaid first command
(5) 1543 Reg. Privy S. III. 5/2.
Alexander Bertoun … is waik and hevelie vexit with seiknes
1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 136.
Vnderstanding that our said cousigne is heavalie diseasit be the dollour of ane wound
1582 Edinb. Test. XI. 33.
I … being hevelie vexit with ane confirmit stane

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