- humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage.
- low in growth or position.
- humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.
- in a low position, manner, or degree: a lowly placed shelf.
- in a lowly manner; humbly.
- in a quiet voice; softly: to converse lowly.
Origin of lowly
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3. modest, simple, unpretentious.
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He was no simple and lowly one from the ranks of the disinherited.
His plan of the popes reigning by means of the poor and lowly now horrified him.
Learn of Me that I am meek and lowly, and ye shall find rest to your souls.Albert Durer
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He revolted because the office of stablemaster appeared too lowly for him.The Chinese Fairy Book
Particularly was he interested in the vast, lowly mound-fish.
- humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
- full of humility; meek
- simple, unpretentious, or plain
- in a low or lowly manner
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Word Origin and History for lowly
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