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gradely

(ˈɡreɪdlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
dialect Midland English fine; excellent
[C13 greithlic, greithli, from Old Norse greidhligr, from greidhr ready]
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In '"She's a gradely cant owd lass': Margaret Rebecca Lahee's Dialect Writings," Taryn Hakala explores the difficulties faced by the sole known female practitioner of this male-identified genre, excluded from the usual means of publicizing her work through recitations or membership in the Manchester Literary Society, and described by her fellow dialect poets and contemporary critics in gender-stereotyped language.
With the gusts from a perky autumn wind rushing across the moorland its the perfect place to begin a bracing cross country yomp or, alternatively, build up an appetite for a pint with a gradely country pub a mere stile jump away.
In the final two stanzas, however, the wife's voice gives way to her husband's reply, in which he catalogues the merchandise he's brought home, which includes "some coffee an' tay" and a "new cap," and explains that no matter where he roams, he's "fain to get back to th' owd greawnd" because he can find "no gradely comfort" except with his wife and children.