[klurk-lee; British klahrk-lee]

adjective, clerk·li·er, clerk·li·est.

of, relating to, or characteristic of a clerk.
Archaic. scholarly.


in the manner of a clerk.

Origin of clerkly

First recorded in 1400–50, clerkly is from the late Middle English word clerkli. See clerk, -ly
Related formsclerk·li·ness, nounun·clerk·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clerkly

Historical Examples of clerkly

  • I hope you are not putting too many notions of that clerkly kind in the boy's head.

  • It was written in a clerkly hand, and was, for the first part, clearly a dictation.

  • Avoid always too near an approach to the clerkly, commercial hand.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • But we remembered that the clerkly one had said that there was room.

  • It was parchment She unfolded it, and saw that it was covered with writing in a clerkly hand.


    George Gissing

British Dictionary definitions for clerkly


adjective -lier or -liest

of or like a clerk
obsolete learned


obsolete in the manner of a clerk
Derived Formsclerkliness, noun
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