grayþely

adv.

Pat grayþlygraythly; WA graithly

‘readily, promptly, at once; truly; aptly; duly, as was right; pleasantly’ (Modern English gradely)

Etymology

Formed on grayþe adj.; cp. further OIcel greiðiliga, greiðliga.

PGmc Ancestor

*ga-raið-a

Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)

greiðr ‘ready, free’, cp. greiðiliga, greiðliga, 'readily, promptly' 
(ONP greiðr (adj.), cp. greiðiliga (adv.))

Other Scandinavian Reflexes

Far greiður, Icel greiður, Norw greid, Sw dial grei, gre

OE Cognate

Phonological and morphological markers

ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/

syncope

ON fricative /ð/ < PGmc */ð/

Summary category

A1*c

Attestation

Fairly frequent attested from early in ME onwards; found especially in N but also widespread in alliterative verse and the SWM. 

Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus

Gaw 417, 876, 1006 etc.; Pe 499; Cl 341; Pat 240, 286; WA 201, 756

Bibliography

MED greithlī (adv.) , OED gradely (adv.) , HTOED , HTOED , Dance graþely, Bj. 44, 163