of, like, or befitting a scholar: scholarly habits.
having the qualities of a scholar: a scholarly person.
concerned with academic learning and research.


like a scholar.

Origin of scholarly

First recorded in 1590–1600; scholar + -ly
Related formsschol·ar·li·ness, nounpseu·do·schol·ar·ly, adjectivequa·si-schol·ar·ly, adjectivesu·per·schol·ar·ly, adjectiveun·schol·ar·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scholarly

Contemporary Examples of scholarly

Historical Examples of scholarly

  • The best Irishmen are the most brilliant, polite, scholarly men I ever met.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Hyrtl refers to him respectfully as "that scholarly son of Israel."

  • He meant something scholarly, worldly, and modern; he was thinking of his own tastes.

  • Then Birch of the State Department made a precise, scholarly observation.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • He wanted to found a learned and scholarly order which should be able to preach and teach.


    William Graham Sumner

Word Origin and History for scholarly

1630s, from scholar + -ly (1). Related: Scholarliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper