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kindly

[ kahynd-lee ]
/ ˈkaɪnd li /
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adjective, kind·li·er, kind·li·est.

adverb

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kindle, kindless, kindlessly, kindliness, kindling, kindly, kindness, kindred, kindred spirit, kindu, kindy

Origin of kindly

before 900; Middle English kyndly (adj. and adv.), Old English gecyndelīc natural, gecyndelīce naturally; see kind1, -ly
SYNONYMS FOR kindly
1 See kind1.
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British Dictionary definitions for kindly

kindly

/ (ˈkaɪndlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

adverb

Derived Formskindliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kindly

kindly


adj.

early 14c., from Old English gecyndelic "natural, innate; suitable, lawful;" see kind (adj.) + -ly (1). Related: Kindliness. The adverb meaning "with kind feelings" is from Old English gecyndelice, with -ly (2).

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Idioms and Phrases with kindly

kindly


see take kindly to.

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