kindly

adjective
kind·​ly | \ˈkīn(d)-lē \
kindlier; kindliest

Definition of kindly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of a sympathetic or generous nature

2 : of an agreeable or beneficial nature : pleasant a kindly climate

3a obsolete : natural

b archaic : lawful

kindly

adverb

Definition of kindly (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : readily did not take kindly to suggestions

b : in the normal way : naturally old wounds which had healed kindlyAmer. Mercury

2a : 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

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Examples of kindly in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Adverb

She always treats animals kindly. They kindly offered to help us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Who could turn down a kindly war widow collecting nickels or dimes? Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 Within minutes after hopping off the bus, she was approached by kindly gentlemen offering her protection, fatherly advice, drinks and hotel rooms. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "True crime: The 'dresser drawer murder' at the Claypool Hotel," 13 July 2018 Helen's family kindly requests, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the CT Humane Society or First Congregational Church of Vernon. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Helen Dyar," 20 May 2018 Later they are taken in by a kindly peasant woman who is raising two sons on her own on a farm, giving way to long summer days of freedom and happiness in the lush countryside. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in her honor to St. Jude Hospital. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/12," 12 June 2018 To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for additional information, kindly visit the funeral home website at:www.eastsidememorial.com. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Deborah F. Corkindale," 9 June 2018 After art therapy fails, a desperate Annie attends grief counseling group, and finds solace in the help of a kindly widow, played by Ann Dowd, who gets to have great fun here in a role with late-breaking significance. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Hereditary': Toni Collette is the main attraction of this old school horror movie layered thick with original ideas," 6 June 2018 Their target was a rare book, John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, which was on display at Transylvania’s library and protected by one kindly caretaker, a woman in her mid-50s named Betty Jean Gooch. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Slick but Empty True Crime of American Animals," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Regardless, the Saudis didn’t take kindly to Trump’s words. Alex Ward, Vox, "The weekend in the US-Saudi fight over Jamal Khashoggi, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 But Ness didn’t seem to take kindly to Hildebrand’s nonverbal expression. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Trump supporter says he took beating after protesting Social Distortion singer's politics," 16 Aug. 2018 Whatever the reason for his dismissal, some fans did not take kindly to the sacking. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Beatles' alum Pete Best eager to make his debut at the San Diego Beatles Fair," 28 Mar. 2018 One person, however, did not take too kindly to their show of enthusiasm. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Blue Ivy Carter Told Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Calm Down at the 2018 Grammys, and the Internet Is in Shock," 29 Jan. 2018 Investors didn’t take kindly to the move, sending shares down 1.6% on Tuesday. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Score: The Business Week in 7 Stocks," 13 July 2018 Vanessa, whose appearance has the distinct whiff of producer involvement, looks genuinely happy over how kindly Pauly treats her. refinery29.com, "The Finale Return Of Pauly D’s "Stalker" Proves How Much Jersey Shore Has Grown," 29 June 2018 The veteran tried to kindly explain that young guys doing their elder's bidding was a way of life in the NFL. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "How Dez Bryant wound up paying for one of the most expensive dinner bills ever," 14 June 2018 The former champ kindly rejected and offered to mail him an autographed item. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Top Arizona high school athletes honored at azcentral Sports Awards," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of kindly

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for kindly

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English cyndelīc, from cynd

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kindly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of kindly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

kindly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of kindly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a kind way

kindly

adjective
kind·​ly | \ˈkīnd-lē \
kindlier; kindliest

Kids Definition of kindly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : pleasant or wholesome in nature The cool and kindly breath of evening entered through doors and windows.— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

Other Words from kindly

kindliness noun

kindly

adverb

Kids Definition of kindly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in a sympathetic manner The principal treated him kindly.

2 : in a willing manner We didn't take kindly to the change in schedule.

3 : in an appreciative manner I would take it kindly if you could help me.

4 : in an obliging manner Would you kindly take your seat?

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