lord·​ly | \ ˈlȯrd-lē How to pronounce lordly (audio) \
lordlier; lordliest

Definition of lordly

1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a lord : dignified
b : grand, noble
2 : exhibiting the pride and assurance associated with one of the highest birth or rank

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Other Words from lordly

lordliness noun
lordly adverb

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proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness. too proud to take charity arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted. a conceited and arrogant executive haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position. a haughty aristocrat lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power. a lordly condescension insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness. ignored by an insolent waiter overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence. an overbearing supervisor supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness. an aloof and supercilious manner disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness. disdainful of their social inferiors

Examples of lordly in a Sentence

a lordly and dignified man He regarded his neighbors with lordly disdain.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, a campaign spokesperson made an even more lordly valuation—a hundred million. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 His absence seemed lordly and dismissive, which is precisely what Ossoff accused Perdue of being. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2020 The earliest days of Christianity involved the repossession of the sacred from the stewardship of politics, with all its lordly pretensions, into the hands of community in the form of the Church. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 4 Sep. 2020 What began as a lordly duty to protect eventually extended beyond caring for the lame, beyond the untended child. Melissa Chadburn, The New York Review of Books, 27 Aug. 2020 The beat is tense and ornery, and Pop Smoke, with a voice as soothing as industrial machinery, was a lordly narrator of impending mayhem. Rattling car windows, the song was a reminder of how New York hip-hop once sounded, and dominated. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2020 In a macro sense, New England’s emphasis on special teams play, and on its component parts like punting, is a piece of the manic attention to detail that has been a hallmark of this team’s lordly run through the 21st century. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, 21 Jan. 2018 Located in the countryside just an hour and a half's drive from Rome, the lordly castle lies on 2,100 acres of farmland, including 18 acres of olive groves, and also boasts an interior courtyard and pool. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, 30 Mar. 2016 Located in the countryside just an hour and a half's drive from Rome, the lordly castle lies on 2,100 acres of farmland, including 18 acres of olive groves, and also boasts an interior courtyard and pool. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, 30 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of lordly

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

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“Lordly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lordly. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lordly

: 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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