[jen-tl-muh n-lee]

Origin of gentlemanly

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at gentleman, -ly
Related formsgen·tle·man·li·ness, nounpseu·do·gen·tle·man·ly, adverbqua·si-gen·tle·man·ly, adverbun·gen·tle·man·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gentlemanliness

Historical Examples of gentlemanliness

  • Simple Clare could not see what keeping a carriage had to do with gentlemanliness.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • We will not stay to discuss the gentlemanliness and delicacy of his behavior in this regard.

    At Last

    Marion Harland

  • The essence of gentlemanliness is self-rule, the sovereignty of the soul.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • He would still carry the revolver; but for his old English gentlemanliness he would rely less on that than on the gout.

  • At once I understood the urbanity and the gentlemanliness that must have existed in the patriarchal times.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

Word Origin and History for gentlemanliness



mid-15c., from gentleman + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper