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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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  • Vavasor was a gentlemanly fellow, and that went a long way with him.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • And she was "gentlemanly" enough never once to have said: "I told you so!"

  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • He had not the "gentlemanly vices" of his brother, and was all the better for it.

  • The reception accorded this most gentlemanly epistle was peculiar.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Camps, Smug, the gentlemanly agent, all had disappeared from off Midway.

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • What other men she knew I cannot tell but I assume they must have been gentlemanly creatures.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • It was no time for gentlemanly reproof, so I turned round and felled him like an ox.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for gentlemanly

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

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