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  • IPA(key): /ˈkwiːnli/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English queenly, quenly, from Old English cwēnlīċ, equivalent to queen +‎ -ly.


queenly (comparative queenlier, superlative queenliest)

  1. Having the status, rank or qualities of a queen; regal.
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book IV, Chapter III, [1]
      So Maggie, glad of anything that would soothe her mother, and cheer their long day together, consented to the vain decoration, and showed a queenly head above her old frocks, steadily refusing, however, to look at herself in the glass.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Chapter 13]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      There was an innate refinement, a languid queenly hauteur about Gerty which was unmistakably evidenced in her delicate hands and higharched instep.
    • 2018, Queen True, "A Royal Stink", True and the Rainbow Kingdom
      I'm so sorry. If I'd done my queenly duties right, none of this would have happened. But maybe I can fix it with some wish help.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From queen +‎ -ly.


queenly (comparative queenlier, superlative queenliest)

  1. In a queenly manner; regally.