• Because much functions as an adverb (in addition to being a noun and an adjective), the adverbial suffix –ly adds nothing, and muchly is a superfluous word. It was common several centuries ago, but in modern English much has taken over all of muchly‘s territory, and muchly now has an archaic and sometimes humorous ring.



    1. muchly is a superfluous word. It was common several cent


    2. MuchlyUser says

      I use muchly all the time and never knew it was a real word.

    3. You’re wrong that it’s superfluous even if they are synonymous. You can say for instance ‘thanking you muchly’ but ‘thanking you much’ makes no sense.

      • I haven’t heard either example outside of a Ma and Pa Kettle movie. I usually hear “thank you very much” or just “thank you”.

      • Frances Bolte says

        Yes! My grandmother often used “muchly” (often saying:”Thank you muchly”…

    4. David Elson says

      “Thanks Muchly!” is commonly used in Australia. Although I have never heard of it being used much outside of this context :D

    5. I have used the word, Muchly, in a sentence. For instance; The Iced tea was muchly appreciated. In the sentence it makes for good grammar. ;)

      • “Much” is an adverb, so “The iced tea was much appreciated” would be grammatically correct as well.

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