lowly

adverb
low·​ly | \ ˈlō-lē How to pronounce lowly (audio) \

Definition of lowly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in a humble or meek manner
2 : in a low position, manner, or degree
3 : not loudly

lowly

adjective
lowlier; lowliest

Definition of lowly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : humble in manner or spirit : free from self-assertive pride
2 : not lofty or sublime : prosaic
3 : ranking low in some hierarchy
4 : of or relating to a low social or economic rank
5 : low in the scale of biological or cultural evolution

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Other Words from lowly

Adjective

lowliness noun

Examples of lowly in a Sentence

Adverb lowly bowing before his king, he accepted his knighthood Adjective He was working as a lowly clerk. He resented his lowly status.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Of course, not all such jobs are equal, and while there are many that are highly skilled and well-compensated, there are equally many that are lowly compensated and provide huge uncertainty to workers. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, "How Many Volumes Does Your Career Have?," 4 Apr. 2021 Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 After routing Syracuse in the Sweet 16, Houston squandered a 17-point lead before desperately pushing back and beating lowly regarded Oregon State, 67-61. BostonGlobe.com, "Men’s Final Four analysis: All signs point to a perfect Gonzaga finish," 31 Mar. 2021 An excellent metric for gauging whether stocks around the globe are richly, lowly or reasonably priced is the ratio of price to cash flow. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "U.K. stocks are the ‘trade of the 2020s’ says markets sage Rob Arnott," 26 Mar. 2021 Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 Savages and heathens, lowly and oppressed, hailed and welcomed it at the far end of the wide world. Josh Axelrod And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's Flag Day. Here are some fun facts about the American flag you may not have known," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What an unexpected rise from this lowly scientist with crotch powers. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Wynonna Earp creator and cast unpack the 'perfect' finale, tease cut scene," 10 Apr. 2021 The Sox, winless in three tries this season after getting outscored by the presumably lowly Orioles, 18-5, in a season-opening sweep, have been darn near unwatchable even for those who can watch them. BostonGlobe.com, "How worried should we be about the Red Sox’ 0-3 start?," 5 Apr. 2021 In fact, the school went to great lengths to ensure the ugly allegations never came to light, even as Miles landed another job at lowly Kansas. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Sports always provides a conduit to forgiveness," 19 Mar. 2021 Holmes devotees hold the lowly youths in high esteem. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Irregulars’ Review: Sherlock’s Supernatural Scoundrels," 25 Mar. 2021 Turns out the Bruins’ comeback win started the lowly PAC 12 on a winning streak that lasted nine games until Colorado lost to Florida State. cleveland, "Big Ten falls flat in NCAA tournament: Crowquill," 24 Mar. 2021 Until another third-period outburst from Dallas, the game didn’t match even the lowly expectations placed on it. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Next man up: Stars earn badly needed points vs. Detroit despite the absences of multiple key players," 20 Mar. 2021 Both sides have struggled for form domestically since the beginning of the season, with Barcelona, under new coach Ronald Koeman, sitting in a lowly eighth place in La Liga, already nine points off leaders Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid. Matias Grez, CNN, "Champions League draw: Barcelona faces Paris Saint-Germain in pick of round of 16 ties," 14 Dec. 2020 The manager of the lowly California Angels puts his faith in a boy who can see an angel. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of lowly

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lowly was in the 14th century

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15 Apr 2021

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“Lowly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowly. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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lowly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lowly

: low in rank, position, or importance

lowly

adjective
\ ˈlō-lē How to pronounce lowly (audio) \
lowlier; lowliest

Kids Definition of lowly

: of low rank or importance: humble a lowly servant

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