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    Dear Teacher,

    When leafing through Oxfod dictionary this morning, I found the word "stilly" derivative of still. Could you please help me to use the same in a sentence?

    Thnak you,
    Murli

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    Re: stilly

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    A dying word; I suggest you avoid it. On-line concordances dredge up a single example:

    ...so faint that even in that stilly night I could hardly hear it.
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    Re: stilly

    I agree. I've only ever met it in poetry, usually collocated with "night" (and maybe also with "depths").

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    Re: stilly

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I agree. I've only ever met it in poetry, usually collocated with "night" (and maybe also with "depths").

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    I agree. As an adjective, the word is just about gone.

    Still, as an adverb "stilly" is occasionally used. The robin sat stilly on the branch.

    In urban slang, it is a portmanteau of "stupid" and "silly".

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