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clerkly

[klurk-lee; British klahrk-lee] /ˈklɜrk li; British ˈklɑrk li/
adjective, clerklier, clerkliest.
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a clerk.
2.
Archaic. scholarly.
adverb
3.
in the manner of a clerk.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English clerkli. See clerk, -ly
Related forms
clerkliness, noun
unclerkly, adjective
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  • He has had a long clerkly experience and is well qualified for the position.
  • Great big able-bodied pangs of bitter disappointment rent many a clerkly heart yesterday.
British Dictionary definitions for clerkly

clerkly

/ˈklɑːklɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
of or like a clerk
2.
(obsolete) learned
adverb
3.
(obsolete) in the manner of a clerk
Derived Forms
clerkliness, noun
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