- 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
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Related Wordsarrogant, august, bossy, cavalier, condescending, despotic, dictatorial, dignified, gracious, grand, grandiose, haughty, honorable, imperious, lofty, magisterial, magnificent, majestic, masterful, noble
Examples from the Web for lordly
It was no surprise that the lordly Senate approved a creatively enhanced tax deal on Monday.The GOP's Tax Deal Jitters
December 14, 2010
He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.Way of the Lawless
And many a tug did this lordly fear cost us both, God knows!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.The Hunted Outlaw
A great desire seized me to look on the lordly pile once more.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But to Menon, it was said, he sent gifts with lordly liberality.Anabasis
- haughty; arrogant; proud
- of or befitting a lord
- archaic in the manner of a lord
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Word Origin and History for lordly
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