[ loh-lee ]
/ ˈloʊ li /

adjective, low·li·er, low·li·est.

humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage.
low in growth or position.
humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.


in a low position, manner, or degree: a lowly placed shelf.
in a lowly manner; humbly.
in a quiet voice; softly: to converse lowly.

Origin of lowly

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at low1, -ly

Related forms

low·li·ly, adverblow·li·ness, nounun·low·ly, adjective

Can be confused

low lowly
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British Dictionary definitions for lowly


/ (ˈləʊlɪ) rare /

adjective -lier or -liest

humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
full of humility; meek
simple, unpretentious, or plain


in a low or lowly manner

Derived Forms

lowliness, noun
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