Pat grayþly, graythly; WA graithly
‘readily, promptly, at once; truly; aptly; duly, as was right; pleasantly’ (Modern English gradely)
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
Phonological and morphological markers
ON /ei/ < PGmc */ai/
ON fricative /ð/ < PGmc */ð/
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