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1kindly

adjective kind·ly \ˈkīn(d)-lē\

: having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others

kind·li·erkind·li·est

Full Definition of KINDLY

1
a obsolete :  natural
b archaic :  lawful
2
:  of an agreeable or beneficial nature :  pleasant <a kindly climate>
3
:  of a sympathetic or generous nature

Examples of KINDLY

  1. A kindly woman helped him find his way home.
  2. <brought homemade chicken soup out of kindly concern for my health>

Origin of KINDLY

Middle English, from Old English cyndelīc, from cynd
First Known Use: before 12th century

2kindly

adverb

: in a kind way

Full Definition of KINDLY

1
a :  in the normal way :  naturally <old wounds which had healed kindlyAmerican Mercury>
b :  readily <did not take kindly to suggestions>
2
a :  in a kind manner :  sympathetically
b :  as a gesture of goodwill <would take it kindly if you would put in a good word>
c :  in a gracious manner :  courteously <they kindly invited us along>
d :  as a matter of courtesy :  please <would you kindly order me a cab>
3
chiefly Southern :  somewhat, kind of <it's kindly embarrassing — Walter Davis>

Examples of KINDLY

  1. She always treats animals kindly.
  2. They kindly offered to help us.

First Known Use of KINDLY

before 12th century

Rhymes with KINDLY

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