adjective lord·ly \-lē\

: 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


Full Definition of LORDLY

a :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a lord :  dignified
b :  grand, noble
:  exhibiting the pride and assurance associated with one of the highest birth or rank
lord·li·ness noun
lordly adverb

First Known Use of LORDLY

before 12th century

Related to LORDLY

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>.


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