gen·​tle·​man·​ly ˈjen-tᵊl-mən-lē How to pronounce gentlemanly (audio)
: characteristic of or having the character of a gentleman
gentlemanliness noun

Examples of gentlemanly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Frances and her daughter wind up being taken care of at a U.S. Army encampment, where First Lieutenant Trent Gephart (Sam Worthington) attracts Frances’ attention by being both handsome and too gentlemanly for his own good. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 19 May 2024 Cecil Beaton performed the warm and gentlemanly feat of remembering everyone, even slight acquaintances, and putting them instantly at ease. Gloria Steinem, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 Coach Prime brands himself a disciplinarian, publicly preaching to CU football players the importance of academics, citizenship, respect, gentlemanly behavior, faith, family, punctuality and responsibility. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 20 Jan. 2024 Regular Show While it's got its fair share of talking animals — and gumball machines, yetis, and gentlemanly lollipop people — Regular Show is one of the rare cartoons that is actually about lazy, aimless twentysomethings and not just frequently watched by them. Ew Staff,, 30 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for gentlemanly 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentlemanly was in the 15th century

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“Gentlemanly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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