[ loh-lee ]
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adjective,low·li·er, low·li·est.
  1. humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage.

  2. low in growth or position.

  1. humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.

  1. in a low position, manner, or degree: a lowly placed shelf.

  2. in a lowly manner; humbly.

  1. in a quiet voice; softly: to converse lowly.

Origin of lowly

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

Other words for lowly

Other words from lowly

  • low·li·ly, adverb
  • low·li·ness, noun
  • un·low·ly, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lowly


/ (ˈləʊlɪ) rare /

adjective-lier or -liest
  1. humble or low in position, rank, status, etc

  2. full of humility; meek

  1. simple, unpretentious, or plain

  1. in a low or lowly manner

Derived forms of lowly

  • lowliness, noun

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