[ klurk-lee; British klahrk-lee ]
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adjective,clerk·li·er, clerk·li·est.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a clerk.

  2. Archaic. scholarly.

  1. 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

Other words from clerkly

  • clerk·li·ness, noun
  • un·clerk·ly, adjective

Words Nearby clerkly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use clerkly in a sentence

  • The Provost-Sergeant had been watching them, at the instigation of a sharp-eyed, clerkly-looking man in semi-uniform.

  • Three mornings in succession a business-like envelope addressed in the same clerkly hand!

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • But Ethan put the letter of the clerkly hand into his breast-pocket, and went towering out of the room.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • The clerkly-looking person now courteously motioned Maitland to take a chair.

    The Mark Of Cain | Andrew Lang
  • It is written in a beautiful clerkly hand in close fine character, and is in a perfect state of preservation.

    Old and New London | Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for clerkly


/ (ˈklɑːklɪ) /

adjective-lier or -liest
  1. of or like a clerk

  2. obsolete learned

  1. obsolete in the manner of a clerk

Derived forms of clerkly

  • clerkliness, noun

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