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clerkly

[ klurk-lee; British klahrk-lee ]
/ ˈklɜrk li; British ˈklɑrk li /
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adjective, clerk·li·er, clerk·li·est.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a clerk.
Archaic. scholarly.
adverb
in the manner of a clerk.
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Origin of clerkly

First recorded in 1400–50, clerkly is from the late Middle English word clerkli.See clerk, -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM clerkly

clerk·li·ness, nounun·clerk·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clerkly

clerkly
/ (ˈklɑːklɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest
of or like a clerk
obsolete learned
adverb
obsolete in the manner of a clerk

Derived forms of clerkly

clerkliness, noun
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