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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
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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Examples for lowly
  • Often barely three feet wide and half that deep, the lowly acequia is a hand-dug, lovingly maintained ditch.
  • The lowly bivalve, it seems, has come out of its shell.
  • Scientists believe that from such lowly marine creatures a number of medications may one day be derived.
  • For them, from such lowly facts a thousand questions bloom.
  • Redemption for the poem's woebegone mariner comes when he embraces all life, no matter how lowly.
  • Checklists seem lowly and simplistic, but they help fill in for the gaps in our brains and between our brains.
  • Down but not out, our heroine pursues a career in journalism, starting out as a lowly intern.
  • Movies were already by then a part of the culture, although admittedly a lowly part of the culture.
  • It is painful enough that such lowly employment must be coveted.
  • The lowly mobile phone interrupting the highest of art seems a perfect little metaphor for our moment.
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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