only (adj.) Old form(s): onely
outstanding, peerless, pre-eminent
1H6 IV.vii.77[Lucy to all] Is Talbot slain, the Frenchmen's only scourge
2H4 II.i.142[Falstaff to Hostess] Glasses, glasses, is the only drinking [i.e. the only fashionable way to drink]
Ham III.ii.134[Hamlet to Ophelia] your only jig-maker [i.e. your champion jester]
TNK II.i.30[Gaoler to Gaoler's Daughter, of Palamon and Arcite] I heard them reported in the battle to be the only doers [i.e. the only ones worth mentioning]
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