1. Wearily; heavily; firmly. [Obs.]
In go the spears full sadly in arest. --Chaucer.
2. Seriously; soberly; gravely. [Obs.]
To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame
Or our neglect, we lost her as we came. --Milton.
3. Grievously; deeply; sorrowfully; miserably. “He sadly suffers in their grief.”
adv 1: in an unfortunate way; "sadly he died before he could see
his grandchild" [syn: unhappily] [ant: happily]
2: with sadness; in a sad manner; "`She died last night,' he
3: in an unfortunate or deplorable manner; "he was sadly
neglected"; "it was woefully inadequate" [syn: deplorably,