gen·​tle·​man·​ly | \ ˈjen-tᵊl-mən-lē How to pronounce gentlemanly (audio) , ˈje-nᵊl- \

Definition of gentlemanly

: characteristic of or having the character of a gentleman

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Other Words from gentlemanly

gentlemanliness noun

Examples of gentlemanly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tic quickly accepts her menstruation excuse, convinced that is the height of gentlemanly behavior. Ariana Romero,, "Lovecraft Country Totally Blows Up This Stereotype About Black Women & Sex," 31 Aug. 2020 Mayor Pete maintains a gentlemanly facade offstage. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Pete Buttigieg, small-city mayor, is well cast as a clean-cut vote seeker in the towns of rural New Hampshire.," 18 Sep. 2019 Elliott’s preparedness coupled with his gentlemanly manner served him well — whether at the bargaining table, before the school board or in one-on-one conferences with teachers, Duhn said. Cassandra Spratling, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit educator and union leader John Elliot dies of coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016, as well as the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play the same year. Los Angeles Times, "Sports Report: Vote in biggest icon in L.A. sports history tournament (wild-card regional)," 9 Apr. 2020 Player to remember: Tony Bennett, 1990-91 UW-Green Bay He's known now as the gentlemanly, national title-winning coach at Virginia. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sconnie Madness: Two No. 1 seeds fall as Final Four is set in all-time Wisconsin hoops bracket," 29 Mar. 2020 The decision may end up damaging Britain’s gentlemanly shooting community, which is headed by the National Small Bore Rifle Association (NSRA) and the country’s very own National Rifle Association (NRA). The Economist, "Gun laws Britain’s shooting ranges could be in trouble," 27 Feb. 2020 As many of us know, large event spaces tend to be overly air-conditioned; this makes his sartorial move into even more of a gentlemanly gesture to his partner. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Would Like to Know Where the Golden Globe Jason Momoa's Tank Top Deserves Is," 6 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, around back is an entirely different environment: an Irish tavern in dark gentlemanly colors with its own back door., "Asked why he would take on such an enormous venue, Houlihan joked. “Oh, I don’t know. It’s an icon? It was my civic duty?”," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gentlemanly

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2020

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“Gentlemanly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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