adjective lord·ly \-lē\

: having the qualities of a lord

: suitable for a lord : very large and impressive

: having or showing a feeling of being better than other people


Full Definition of LORDLY

a :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a lord :  dignified
b :  grand, noble
:  exhibiting the pride and assurance associated with one of the highest birth or rank
lord·li·ness noun
lordly adverb

Examples of LORDLY

  1. a lordly and dignified man
  2. He regarded his neighbors with lordly disdain.

First Known Use of LORDLY

before 12th century

Related to LORDLY

assumptive, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, arrogant, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, stiff-necked, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity
humble, lowly, modest, unarrogant, unpretentious
See Synonym Discussion at proud


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