kingly

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċ (kingly, royal), equivalent to king +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch koninklijk (kingly, royal), German königlich (kingly), Swedish kunglig (kingly). Compare also Old English cynelīċ (kingly, royal, public).

Adjective[edit]

kingly (comparative kinglier, superlative kingliest)

  1. Majestic and regal.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
    • kingly magnificence
    • Jonathan Swift
      a kingly government
    • Shakespeare
      the kingly couch
    • G. Massey
      The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn.
    • Cowper
      Leave kingly backs to cope with kingly cares.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċe (kingly, royally), equivalent to king +‎ -ly. Compare Old English cynelīċe (kingly, royally, publicly).

Adverb[edit]

kingly (comparative more kingly, superlative most kingly)

  1. In a royal manner.
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