Examples of lordly in a Sentence
a lordly and dignified man
He regarded his neighbors with lordly disdain.
Recent Examples of lordly from the Web
The main room — once the lordly private office of the railroad executive and millionaire John Williams Campbell, complete with Florentine décor, a coffered ceiling and a fireplace — will be reborn simply as the Campbell Bar.
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First Known Use of lordly
before 12th century
Synonymsassumptive, 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
Antonymshumble, lowly, modest, unarrogant, unpretentious
Related Wordsauthoritarian, bossy, dominant, dominating, domineering, magisterial, pontifical, pontificating; condescending, disdainful, patronizing; impertinent, impudent, saucy; snobbish, snobby, snooty; blusterous, blustery, boastful, bombastic, braggart, bragging, braggy, cocky, swaggering, vain, vainglorious; complacent, conceited, egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), hubristic, narcissistic, orgulous, prideful, proud, self-affected, self-applauding, self-centered, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-pleased, self-satisfied, smug, stuck-up; self-flattering, self-loving, self-promoting; brash, forward, uninhibited, unreserved; extroverted (also extraverted), immodest
Near Antonymsbashful, cowering, cringing, demure, diffident, introverted, mousy (or mousey), overmodest, self-critical, self-doubting, sheepish, shrinking, shy, subdued, timid; acquiescent, compliant, deferential, meek, passive, submissive, unaggressive, unassertive, unassuming, unobtrusive, yielding; quiet, reserved, retiring
Synonym Discussion of lordly
- too proud to take charity
- a conceited and arrogant executive
- a haughty aristocrat
- a lordly condescension
- ignored by an insolent waiter
- an overbearing supervisor
- an aloof and supercilious manner
- disdainful of their social inferiors
LORDLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lordly for English Language Learners
: 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
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