yeomanly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

yeoman +‎ -ly

Adjective[edit]

yeomanly (comparative more yeomanly, superlative most yeomanly)

  1. Like a yeoman: stout and true
    • 1914, William Morris, The Sundering Flood[1]:
      [] it was almost as if he were back at Wethermel, so yeomanly and free seemed all about him.
  2. Of or proper to the class of yeomen in British history
    • 1884, Various, Bay State Monthly, Vol. I, No. 3, March, 1884[2]:
      Judge Abbott is, therefore, of good yeomanly pedigree.
    • 1893, Thomas De Quincey, The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)[3]:
      Her name was Anne Bowden; and she was of a respectable family, that had been long stationary in Devonshire, but of a yeomanly rank [] .

Adverb[edit]

yeomanly (comparative more yeomanly, superlative most yeomanly)

  1. Like a yeoman: stoutly and bravely
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe[4]:
      "Well and yeomanly done!" shouted the robbers; "fair play and Old England for ever!"
    • 1875, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Betty's Bright Idea; Deacon Pitkin's Farm; and The First Christmas[5]:
      [] the men were working yeomanly to build a new nation []

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