adjective, lord·li·er, lord·li·est.

suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing: lordly contempt.
of or relating to a lord.
having the character or attributes of a lord.
befitting a lord, as actions: lordly manners.


Also lord·li·ly. in the manner of a lord.

Origin of lordly

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlāfordlīc. See lord, -ly
Related formslord·li·ness, noun

Synonyms for lordly

Antonyms for lordly

2. meek.
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Examples from the Web for lordly

Contemporary Examples of lordly

  • It was no surprise that the lordly Senate approved a creatively enhanced tax deal on Monday.

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    The GOP's Tax Deal Jitters

    John Batchelor

    December 14, 2010

Historical Examples of lordly

  • He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.

  • And many a tug did this lordly fear cost us both, God knows!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.

  • A great desire seized me to look on the lordly pile once more.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • But to Menon, it was said, he sent gifts with lordly liberality.



British Dictionary definitions for lordly


adjective -lier or -liest

haughty; arrogant; proud
of or befitting a lord


archaic in the manner of a lord
Derived Formslordliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lordly

14c., from Old English hlafordlic "lordly, noble;" see lord (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb from mid-14c.

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