humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage.
low in growth or position.
- low·li·ly, adverb
- low·li·ness, noun
- un·low·ly, adjective
- low, lowly
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How to use lowly in a sentence
Even in the state of half-sleep—psychologists call it hypnagogia—our minds are sufficiently loose to descend from those lowly hills.
As a lowly employee, your ability to correct his behavior is limited.Miss Manners: Exec’s disgusting habit needs to move off-screen | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
Because of their tie in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Eagles could do the Cowboys one better — winning the division with a lowly 4-11-1 record.The NFC East Is Historically Bad. How Much Worse Can It Get? | Neil Paine (firstname.lastname@example.org) | October 15, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Even as he argued that man ought to be humbled by his connection to the lemur, he placed man at the summit, the lemur on the lowly plain.The Human Error Darwin Inspired - Issue 90: Something Green | Aaron Hirsh | September 30, 2020 | Nautilus
The Laker players file onto the chartered team bus to make their way back to the facility for a brief practice run before the night’s matchup against the lowly Cavaliers.Kobe Bryant Punched A Teammate Over $100, And It Wasn’t Shaq | Jeff Pearlman | September 25, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
lowly freshman congressmen could now buck the speaker, as one rich guy could fund their next campaign.Speed Read: Kenneth Vogel’s ‘Big Money’ Shows How PACs Control Politics | William O’Connor | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was a lowly country lawyer and she a Kentucky aristocrat who had come to visit her older sister in Illinois.
With three years left to his presidency, we are reduced to the lowly ambition of executive orders.Obama’s Speech Was Missing Shared Goals for America’s Future | Mark McKinnon | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of the best presidential orators in history, Obama was reduced to the lowly ambition of executive orders.Obama’s Speech Was Missing Shared Goals for America’s Future | Mark McKinnon | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He also took aim at senior Republican figures and lowly GOP Hill staffers.Exclusive: White House Official Fired for Tweeting Under Fake Name | Josh Rogin | October 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly of heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
She was delighted with these indications of gratitude and sensibility on the part of the unenlightened and lowly peasantry.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
A deep sigh—the first of unfeigned regret for her lowly station—perhaps of envy—broke from the lips of the wondering girl.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
They were, for the chief part, of lowly condition, but occasionally one or two of better rank.My Ten Years' Imprisonment | Silvio Pellico
In striking contrast to all this magnificence was the lowly home to which James Starbuck brought his happy bride.
British Dictionary definitions for lowly
humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
full of humility; meek
simple, unpretentious, or plain
in a low or lowly manner
- lowliness, noun
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