adjective (lordlier; -est) Date: before 12th century 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 Synonyms: see proudlordliness nounlordly adverb

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  • Lordly — Lord ly, adv. In a lordly manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lordly — (adj.) 14c., from O.E. hlafordlic lordly, noble; see LORD (Cf. lord) (n.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). As an adverb from mid 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • lordly — index dictatorial, disdainful, inflated (vain), orgulous, presumptuous, proud (conceited), superc …   Law dictionary

  • lordly — haughty, arrogant, overbearing, *proud, insolent, supercilious, disdainful Analogous words: pretentious (see SHOWY): *dictatorial, magisterial, authoritarian: imperious, domineering, *masterful Contrasted words: meek, modest, *humble, lowly:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lordly — ► ADJECTIVE (lordlier, lordliest) ▪ of, characteristic of, or suitable for a lord. DERIVATIVES lordliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lordly — [lôrd′lē] adj. lordlier, lordliest [ME < OE hlafordlic] of, like, characteristic of, or suitable to a lord; specif., a) noble; grand b) haughty; overbearing adv. lordlier, lordliest in the manner of a lord lordliness n …   English World dictionary

  • lordly — [[t]lɔ͟ː(r)dli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you say that someone s behaviour is lordly, you are critical of them because they treat other people in a proud and arrogant way. ...their usual lordly indifference to patients. ...the …   English dictionary

  • lordly — lordliness, n. /lawrd lee/, adj., lordlier, lordliest, adv. adj. 1. suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent. 2. insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing: lordly contempt. 3. of or pertaining to a lord. 4 …   Universalium

  • lordly — 1. adjective Appropriate for, or suitable to, a lord. Show us your lordly might, demonstrate that you can order people and get them to obey. 2. adverb In the manner of a lord. Showing command or nobility …   Wiktionary

  • lordly — lord|ly [ˈlo:dli US o:r ] adj 1.) behaving in a way that shows you think you are better or more important than other people ▪ a lordly disdain for the common man 2.) very big and impressive ▪ a lordly feast >lordliness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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