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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Terry Holland, the gentlemanly coach who brought Ralph Sampson to Charlottesville and turned the University of Virginia into a college basketball power, has died at the age of 80. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 Voltaire failed to understand the plight of provincial Catholics; Weinberger would doubtless take him to task for a gentlemanly anti-clericalism. Russell Jacoby, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2023 Msall, whose gentlemanly demeanor and thoughtful speaking were coupled with an intense passion for budgeting and tax policy, died Saturday. Bob Goldsborough, Chicago Tribune, 5 Feb. 2023 Fishback once seemed a gentlemanly embodiment of martial ideals. C.j. Chivers, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2023 Tic quickly accepts her menstruation excuse, convinced that is the height of gentlemanly behaviour. Ariana Romero,, 31 Aug. 2020 Vin Scully, the gentlemanly, yarn-spinning play-by-play man whose mellifluous voice provided the soundtrack to Dodger baseball from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for a jaw-dropping 67 seasons, died on Aug. 2. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Dec. 2022 The gentlemanly act would have fallen flat in a loss. Matt Porter,, 24 Dec. 2022 The gentlemanly sincerity seemed lifted from a bygone era. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 Mar. 2023.

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