verb (used without object)
- cavafy, constantine,
- cavalier king charles spaniel,
- cavalier poets,
- cavalier servente,
- cavalieri, francesco bonaventura
Origin of cavalier
Examples from the Web for cavalierly
The woman so cavalierly treated in his thoughts of yesterday had become a most sacred and dreadful power.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
They approached; I bowed low to the Duke, who returned my salute most cavalierly.Simon Dale|Anthony Hope
When he returned, cavalierly ignoring the chief, he addressed himself to the old man.Jerry of the Islands|Jack London
And Gen. Winder has been treated as cavalierly as he treated me.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
In any event, he had been saved from the exceeding unwisdom of treating James Walker too cavalierly.The House 'Round the Corner|Gordon Holmes
Word Origin for cavalier
"disdainful," 1650s, from cavalier (n.). Earlier it meant "gallant" (1640s). Related: Cavalierly.
1580s, from Italian cavalliere "mounted soldier, knight; gentleman serving as a lady's escort," from Late Latin caballarius "horseman," from Vulgar Latin caballus, the common Vulgar Latin word for "horse" (and source of Italian cavallo, French cheval, Spanish caballo, Irish capall, Welsh ceffyl), displacing Latin equus (see equine).
Sense advanced in 17c. to "knight," then "courtly gentleman" (but also, pejoratively, "swaggerer"), which led to the adjectival senses, especially "disdainful" (1650s). Meaning "Royalist adherent of Charles I" is from 1641. Meaning "one who devotes himself solely to attendance on a lady" is from 1817, roughly translating Italian cavaliere-servente. In classical Latin caballus was "work horse, pack horse," sometimes, disdainfully, "hack, nag." "Not a native Lat. word (as the second -a- would show), though the source of the borrowing is uncertain" [Tucker]. Perhaps from some Balkan or Anatolian language, and meaning, originally, "gelding." The same source is thought to have yielded Old Church Slavonic kobyla.