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[loh-lee] /ˈloʊ li/
adjective, lowlier, lowliest.
humble in station, condition, or nature:
a lowly cottage.
low in growth or position.
humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.
in a low position, manner, or degree:
a lowly placed shelf.
in a lowly manner; humbly.
in a quiet voice; softly:
to converse lowly.
Origin of lowly
1300-50; Middle English; see low1, -ly
Related forms
lowlily, adverb
lowliness, noun
unlowly, adjective
Can be confused
low, lowly.
3. modest, simple, unpretentious. Unabridged
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  • Redemption for the poem's woebegone mariner comes when he embraces all life, no matter how lowly.
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  • It is painful enough that such lowly employment must be coveted.
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British Dictionary definitions for lowly


adjective -lier, -liest
humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
full of humility; meek
simple, unpretentious, or plain
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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