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lording

[lawr-ding] /ˈlɔr dɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
1.
lord.
2.
Often, lordings. lords; sirs; gentlemen (often used as a term of address).
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English hlāfording prince, literally, offspring of a lord, equivalent to hlāford lord + -ing -ing3
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  • But my joy at lording this status over my more academically talented sister was short-lived.
  • Presumably writers imagine a reigning king, freely lording it over others.
British Dictionary definitions for lording

lording

/ˈlɔːdɪŋ/
noun
1.
(archaic) a gentleman; lord: used in the plural as a form of address
2.
an obsolete word for lordling
Word Origin
Old English hlāfording, from hlāfordlord + -ing³, suffix indicating descent
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