adjective, kind·li·er, kind·li·est.


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of kindly

  • "I shall not call upon you to do that," said the lawyer, kindly.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Bates was a stout sailor, rough in appearance, but with a warm and kindly heart.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Every one we came in contact with, both high and low, treated us most kindly.

  • It was the gray-headed man with the glasses and the kindly look about the eyes.

  • He has kindly furnished us with an excuse for being so long together, said she.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for kindly


adjective -lier or -liest

having a sympathetic or warm-hearted nature
motivated by warm and sympathetic feelingsa kindly act
pleasant, mild, or agreeablea kindly climate
archaic natural; normal


in a considerate or humane way
with tolerance or forbearancehe kindly forgave my rudeness
cordially; pleasantlyhe greeted us kindly
please (often used to express impatience or formality)will you kindly behave yourself!
archaic in accordance with nature; appropriately
not take kindly to to react unfavourably towards
Derived Formskindliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kindly

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kindly


see take kindly to.

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