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[klurk-lee; British klahrk-lee] /ˈklɜrk li; British ˈklɑrk li/
adjective, clerklier, clerkliest.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a clerk.
Archaic. scholarly.
in the manner of a clerk.
Origin of clerkly
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English clerkli. See clerk, -ly
Related forms
clerkliness, noun
unclerkly, adjective Unabridged
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  • I hope you are not putting too many notions of that clerkly kind in the boy's head.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • But we remembered that the clerkly one had said that there was room.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • This odd little will consisted of only two sentences, written in a clear, clerkly hand.

    Studies in love and in terror Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Write to him, as I cannot, that we come instantly to attend his commands, and do it clerkly.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • In a jiffy, he had assumed his clerkly air, and had opened the great register at the proper date.

    The Dorrance Domain Carolyn Wells
  • The clerkly owl should call their names one by one, and each might declare his choice.

  • The honorific prefix "Sir" may in that case refer to clerkly qualities rather than to knighthood.

  • Ill could he tolerate the monotony and restraint of this clerkly life.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • It was written in a clerkly hand, and was, for the first part, clearly a dictation.

  • As for the market-price of book-learning or clerkly skill, it is not worth so much as naming.

    Side Lights James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for clerkly


adjective -lier, -liest
of or like a clerk
(obsolete) learned
(obsolete) in the manner of a clerk
Derived Forms
clerkliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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