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From Middle English from the Old French chevalerous; see chivalry



chivalrous (comparative more chivalrous, superlative most chivalrous)

  1. (of a man) honourable, especially to women.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter VII and XXI”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      It was a lovely afternoon, replete with blue sky, beaming sun, buzzing insects and what not, an afternoon that seemed to call to one to be out in the open with God's air playing on one's face and something cool in a glass at one's side, and here was I, just to oblige Bobbie Wickham, tooling along a corridor indoors on my way to search a comparative stranger's bedroom, this involving crawling on floors and routing under beds and probably getting covered with dust and fluff. The thought was a bitter one, and I don't suppose I have ever come closer to saying “Faugh!” It amazed me that I could have allowed myself to be let in for a binge of this description simply because a woman wished it. Too bally chivalrous for our own good, we Woosters, and always have been. [...] Whether I would or would not at this juncture have taken her in an iron grasp and shaken her till she frothed is a point on which I can make no definite announcement. The chivalrous spirit of the Woosters would probably have restrained me, much as I resented that merry laughter, but as it happened the matter was not put to the test, for at this moment Jeeves entered [...]
  2. involving chivalry


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