- suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
- insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing: lordly contempt.
- of or relating to a lord.
- having the character or attributes of a lord.
- befitting a lord, as actions: lordly manners.
- Also lord·li·ly. in the manner of a lord.
Origin of lordly
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1. majestic, regal, dignified, noble, lofty. 2. domineering.
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Examples from the Web for lordly
It was no surprise that the lordly Senate approved a creatively enhanced tax deal on Monday.The GOP's Tax Deal Jitters
December 14, 2010
He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.Way of the Lawless
And many a tug did this lordly fear cost us both, God knows!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.The Hunted Outlaw
A great desire seized me to look on the lordly pile once more.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But to Menon, it was said, he sent gifts with lordly liberality.Anabasis
- haughty; arrogant; proud
- of or befitting a lord
- archaic in the manner of a lord
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Word Origin and History for lordly
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