lording

[lawr-ding]
noun Archaic.
1.
2.
Often, lordings. lords; sirs; gentlemen (often used as a term of address).

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English; Old English hlāfording prince, literally, offspring of a lord, equivalent to hlāford lord + -ing -ing3

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

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Example sentences
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.
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