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lordly

[lawrd-lee] /ˈlɔrd li/
adjective, lordlier, lordliest.
1.
suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
2.
insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing:
lordly contempt.
3.
of or relating to a lord.
4.
having the character or attributes of a lord.
5.
befitting a lord, as actions:
lordly manners.
adverb
6.
Also, lordlily. in the manner of a lord.
Origin of lordly
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlāfordlīc. See lord, -ly
Related forms
lordliness, noun
Synonyms
1. majestic, regal, dignified, noble, lofty. 2. domineering.
Antonyms
2. meek.
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  • He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And many a tug did this lordly fear cost us both, God knows!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • A great desire seized me to look on the lordly pile once more.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • But to Menon, it was said, he sent gifts with lordly liberality.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • He was alight with new visions, new themes, and his voice had a lordly ring.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • First of all the lordly, abandoned attitudes of Mr. Jones disconcerted him.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Behind him the yard of brass yodled in a manner quite as lordly as before.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • You'd see 'em pilin' their wraps on one of them lordly gents just as if he was a chair.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for lordly

lordly

/ˈlɔːdlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
haughty; arrogant; proud
2.
of or befitting a lord
adverb
3.
(archaic) in the manner of a lord
Derived Forms
lordliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lordly
adj.

14c., from Old English hlafordlic "lordly, noble;" see lord (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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