[jen-tl-muh n-lee]


like, befitting, or characteristic of a gentleman.

Nearby words

  1. gentleman's gentleman,
  2. gentleman-at-arms,
  3. gentleman-commoner,
  4. gentleman-farmer,
  5. gentleman-pensioner,
  6. gentlemen's agreement,
  7. gentleness,
  8. gentlepeople,
  9. gentleperson,
  10. gentlewoman

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

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Word Origin and History for gentlemanliness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper