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lordly

[lawrd-lee] /ˈlɔrd li/
adjective, lordlier, lordliest.
1.
suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
2.
insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing:
lordly contempt.
3.
of or pertaining to a lord.
4.
having the character or attributes of a lord.
5.
befitting a lord, as actions:
lordly manners.
adverb
6.
Also, lordlily. in the manner of a lord.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlāfordlīc. See lord, -ly
Related forms
lordliness, noun
Synonyms
1. majestic, regal, dignified, noble, lofty. 2. domineering.
Antonyms
2. meek.
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Examples for lordly
  • Bedrolls stacked to the wagon bows and dishpan banging behind, the lordly cook drives to the next camp.
  • Both of them were apparently without employment of any kind, yet they lived in lordly luxury and gave sumptuous parties.
  • The entries included every variety of barnyard fowl from lordly turkeys to cackling hens and the strut ting little bantam.
  • From that viewpoint the river was a lordly stream, rushing onward to the sea.
British Dictionary definitions for lordly

lordly

/ˈlɔːdlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
haughty; arrogant; proud
2.
of or befitting a lord
adverb
3.
(archaic) in the manner of a lord
Derived Forms
lordliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lordly
adj.

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

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