adjective, world·li·er, world·li·est.
Examples from the Web for worldly
When he emerged from the Zen monastery on Mount Baldy, his enlightenment was followed with an all too worldly disaster.
Actually, enlightened Zen monks are often worldly, engaged, and sexually voracious.
And while worldly success sometimes has a whiff of demonic patronage, identification is dangerous.
In the roster of genius, evasion of worldly responsibility seems practically a fixed theme.
Bennett is youthful and dimpled, a receding hairline the only indication of any worldly experience.
In the interim, Sir Philip Harclay thought proper to settle his worldly affairs.The Old English Baron|Clara Reeve
The mother, from a worldly point of view, has been most successful.The Leaven in a Great City|Lillian William Betts
She knew his worldly views—she knew also the pride of her affianced, and, she felt that she alone could mediate between the two.Ernest Maltravers, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Impulse had not really betrayed him: the mistake had been in his tactlessness, in a lack of worldly knowledge.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
Or did his position as a teacher protect him against any worldly suspicion?Walter Pieterse|Multatuli
British Dictionary definitions for worldly
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin and History for worldly
Old English woruldlic, from the roots of world and like (adj.). A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Frisian wraldlik, Old Saxon weroldlik, Middle Dutch wereldlik, German weltlich, Old Norse veraldligr). Worldly-wise is recorded from c.1400.