AskDefine | Define lordly

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lordly adj
1 of or befitting a lord; "heir to a lordly fortune"; "of august lineage" [syn: august, grand]
2 having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "shaggy supercilious camels"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: disdainful, haughty, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering] [also: lordliest, lordlier]

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  1. Appropriate for, or suitable to, a lord.
    Show us your lordly might, demonstrate that you can order people and get them to obey.


  • 1849 — Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, chapter 27
    It had also its Hall, called the Priory - an older, a larger, a more lordly abode than any Briarfield or Whinbury owned;
  • 1897 — Bram Stoker, Dracula, chapter 27
    There was one great tomb more lordly than all the rest.


  1. In the manner of a lord. Showing command or nobility.

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