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[jen-tl-muh n-lee] /ˈdʒɛn tl mən li/
like, befitting, or characteristic of a gentleman.
Origin of gentlemanly
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at gentleman, -ly
Related forms
gentlemanliness, noun
pseudogentlemanly, adverb
quasi-gentlemanly, adverb
ungentlemanly, adjective Unabridged
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  • The Earl of Derby, notwithstanding his fine and gentlemanly bearing, comes in for his share of the Punch caricature.

  • I daresay he'll appear pale and gentlemanly the next time he watches me.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • She had by this time finished her breakfast, and stood warming her back in a gentlemanly manner by the fire.

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • The purser was one of the most gentlemanly and best educated men in the ship.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Tall you know and very, very dark; he's so gentlemanly too, looks like the young man in First Words of Love.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • That was one of the joys of the "gentlemanly" employment of "recruiting" in the South Seas.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • Geoffrey particularly noted how clever and gentlemanly Mr Tregenna could be.

    The Vicar's People George Manville Fenn
  • I handed her the check which the gentlemanly official had given me.

    Desk and Debit Oliver Optic
Word Origin and History for gentlemanly

mid-15c., from gentleman + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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