1. chiefly

adverb. ['ˈtʃiːfli'] for the most part.


  • in the main
  • mainly
  • primarily


  • secondarily


  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • chief (English)

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Rhymes with Chiefly

  • briefly

How do you pronounce chiefly?

Pronounce chiefly as ˈʧifli.

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Sentences with chiefly

1. Noun, singular or mass
The ideal length for the hairstyle will depend chiefly upon the shape of the face.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Publishers are the parties chiefly responsible for making sure a magazine is financially viable.

Quotes about chiefly

1. Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

2. The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
- William Hazlitt

3. She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn't boring.
- Zelda Fitzgerald, The Collected Writings