lordly

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adjective lord·ly \ ˈlȯrd-lē \

Definition of lordly

lordlier; lordliest
1 a :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

lordliness

noun

lordly

adverb

Examples of lordly in a Sentence

  1. a lordly and dignified man

  2. He regarded his neighbors with lordly disdain.

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First Known Use of lordly

before 12th century

lordly Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of lordly

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

LORDLY Defined for English Language Learners

lordly

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adjective

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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