[ lawr-ding ]
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  1. Often lordings. lords; sirs; gentlemen (often used as a term of address).

Origin of lording

1150–1200; Middle English; Old English hlāfording prince, literally, offspring of a lord, equivalent to hlāfordlord + -ing-ing3

Words Nearby lording

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How to use lording in a sentence

  • Could he have done what he has in your country, where your dukes are born with the privilege of lording it over the Morgans?

    Rodney, the Ranger | John V. Lane
  • He came back from there a year ago, and has been lording it over some people in London ever since.

    Old Broadbrim Into the Heart of Australia | Author of "Old Broadbrim"

British Dictionary definitions for lording


/ (ˈlɔːdɪŋ) /

  1. archaic a gentleman; lord: used in the plural as a form of address

  2. an obsolete word for lordling

Origin of lording

Old English hlāfording, from hlāford lord + -ing ³, suffix indicating descent

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