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[lawrd-lee] /ˈlɔrd li/
adjective, lordlier, lordliest.
suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing:
lordly contempt.
of or relating to a lord.
having the character or attributes of a lord.
befitting a lord, as actions:
lordly manners.
Also, lordlily. in the manner of a lord.
Origin of lordly
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlāfordlīc. See lord, -ly
Related forms
lordliness, noun
1. majestic, regal, dignified, noble, lofty. 2. domineering.
2. meek. Unabridged
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  • Where are the houses, the palaces, that should appertain to these lordly parks?

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • He carried his head loftily, and there was a lordly flaunt to his tail.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • What matters it that this frame of dust be frail, and of tiny size—still may it be the tenement of a lordly spirit.

  • Donald had from the start constituted himself her protector in a lordly way.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • The gig passed by a lordly iron gate, ruddy with rust, and lined inside with a layer of boards.

  • A great desire seized me to look on the lordly pile once more.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Radnor always did exhibit a lordly disregard in money matters.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • But to Menon, it was said, he sent gifts with lordly liberality.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • Behind her walked a proud gentleman, a lordly gentleman who elbowed his way through the throng as one who touches the unclean.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
British Dictionary definitions for lordly


adjective -lier, -liest
haughty; arrogant; proud
of or befitting a lord
(archaic) in the manner of a lord
Derived Forms
lordliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lordly

14c., from Old English hlafordlic "lordly, noble;" see lord (n.) + -ly (1). As an adverb from mid-14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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