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lordly

[lawrd-lee]
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adjective, lord·li·er, lord·li·est.
  1. suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
  2. insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing: lordly contempt.
  3. of or relating to a lord.
  4. having the character or attributes of a lord.
  5. befitting a lord, as actions: lordly manners.
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adverb
  1. Also lord·li·ly. in the manner of a lord.
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Origin of lordly

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

Synonyms

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1. majestic, regal, dignified, noble, lofty. 2. domineering.

Antonyms

2. meek.
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Examples from the Web for lordly

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  • 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.

    Anabasis

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for lordly

lordly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. haughty; arrogant; proud
  2. of or befitting a lord
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adverb
  1. archaic in the manner of a lord
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Derived Formslordliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lordly

adj.

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

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