lord·​ly ˈlȯrd-lē How to pronounce lordly (audio)
lordlier; lordliest
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a lord : dignified
: exhibiting the pride and assurance associated with one of the highest birth or rank
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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The first known use of lordly was before the 12th century

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“Lordly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lordly. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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lord·​ly ˈlȯ(ə)rd-lē How to pronounce lordly (audio)
lordlier; lordliest
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a lord : noble
lordliness noun
lordly adverb

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