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lowly

[loh-lee] /ˈloʊ li/
adjective, lowlier, lowliest.
1.
humble in station, condition, or nature:
a lowly cottage.
2.
low in growth or position.
3.
humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.
adverb
4.
in a low position, manner, or degree:
a lowly placed shelf.
5.
in a lowly manner; humbly.
6.
in a quiet voice; softly:
to converse lowly.
Origin of lowly
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see low1, -ly
Related forms
lowlily, adverb
lowliness, noun
unlowly, adjective
Can be confused
low, lowly.
Synonyms
3. modest, simple, unpretentious.
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  • He is known to have harbored as many as eight and ten in a single night, in his lowly tenement.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • He was no simple and lowly one from the ranks of the disinherited.

  • Further, without this lowly estimate there will be no fervour of grateful love.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • It seems to us impossible that we should have descended from creatures as lowly as they.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • And I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
British Dictionary definitions for lowly

lowly

/ˈləʊlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
2.
full of humility; meek
3.
simple, unpretentious, or plain
adverb
4.
in a low or lowly manner
Derived Forms
lowliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lowly

c.1300 (adv.); late 14c. (adj.) "humble," from low (adj.) + -ly.

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