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[lawr-ding] /ˈlɔr dɪŋ/
noun, Archaic.
Often, lordings. lords; sirs; gentlemen (often used as a term of address).
Origin of lording
1150-1200; Middle English; Old English hlāfording prince, literally, offspring of a lord, equivalent to hlāford lord + -ing -ing3 Unabridged
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  • "Brin" is once again leading and lording it over his fellows.

    Adrift on an Ice-Pan Wilfred T. Grenfell
  • Nicolette cares not for this, For she loves a lording lad, Aucassin to name he had.

  • Anyway, there was Krok lording it over as much of Bohemia as he could control, from his fastness of Vyšehrad.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • Squire's as pretty a marksman as any in Nottingham, lording, for all his years!

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • How do the Jews succeed in so lording it over the immense majority?

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
  • "It will be wisest that you should go unattended, after all, lording," concluded Warrenton.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • While you are lording it at the Acadmie I am weeping and suffering at home.

  • She spared him the my lording as she said adieu, sensitive as she was, and to his perception now.

  • I know but one archer better than he, lording—yourself; and I have seen the finest archery in the world.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
British Dictionary definitions for lording


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