lowly

  • 1 Lowly — Low ly, a. [Compar. {Lowlier}; superl. {Lowliest}.] [Low, a. + ly.] 1. Not high; not elevated in place; low. Lowly lands. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Low in rank or social importance. [1913 Webster] One common right the great and lowly claims. Pope …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Lowly — Low ly, adv. 1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. Be lowly wise. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. In a low condition; meanly. [1913 Webster] I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 lowly — index base (inferior), ignoble, inferior (lower in position), subaltern, subordinate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 lowly — c.1300 (adv.); late 14c. (adj.) humble, from LOW (Cf. low) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 lowly — meek, *humble, modest Analogous words: submissive, subdued, *tame: retiring, withdrawing (see GO): reverential, deferential, obeisant (see corresponding nouns at HONOR) Antonyms: pompous Contrasted words: pretentious, ostentatious, *showy:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 lowly — [adj] inferior, plain average, base, baseborn, cast down, common, commonplace, docile, dutiful, everyday, gentle, humble, ignoble, low, lowborn, mean, meek, menial, mild, modest, mundane, obscure, obsequious, ordinary, plebeian, poor, proletarian …

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  • 7 lowly — ► ADJECTIVE (lowlier, lowliest) 1) low in status or importance. 2) (of an organism) primitive or simple. ► ADVERB ▪ to a low degree. DERIVATIVES lowliness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 lowly — [lō′lē] adj. lowlier, lowliest 1. of or suited to a low position or rank 2. humble; meek 3. ordinary; commonplace adv. lowlier, lowliest 1. humbly; meekly 2 …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 lowly — lowlily, adv. lowliness, n. /loh lee/, adj., lowlier, lowliest, adv. adj. 1. humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage. 2. low in growth or position. 3. humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek. adv. 4. in a low position,… …

    Universalium

  • 10 lowly — [[t]lo͟ʊli[/t]] lowlier, lowliest ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or something as lowly, you mean that they are low in rank, status, or importance. ...lowly bureaucrats pretending to be senators... He was irked by his lowly status …

    English dictionary

  • 11 lowly — low•ly [[t]ˈloʊ li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage[/ex] 2) low in growth or position 3) humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek 4) in a low position, manner, or degree: a lowly… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 lowly — low, lowly Low is an adjective (a low ceiling) and adverb (to aim low / to lie low). Lowly is an adjective meaning ‘humble, modest’ (of lowly station); its use as an adverb is now largely confined to poetry …

    Modern English usage

  • 13 lowly — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} adj. Lowly is used with these nouns: ↑intern, ↑origin, ↑position, ↑status {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adv. Lowly is used with these verbs: ↑growl …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 lowly — low|ly [ˈləuli US ˈlou ] adj low in rank, importance, or social class sometimes used humorously = ↑humble ▪ He was a lowly assistant gardener. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ HINT sense 1 Lowly is never an adverb. Low is used as an adverb as well as an adjective.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 lowly — adjective sometimes humorous low in rank, importance, or social class; humble 1 (1): He had left his lowly origins far behind. | Don t ask me, I m just a lowly cleaner. lowliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 lowly — UK [ˈləʊlɪ] / US [ˈloʊlɪ] adjective Word forms lowly : adjective lowly comparative lowlier superlative lowliest with a low status or position …

    English dictionary

  • 17 lowly — /ˈloʊli / (say lohlee) adjective (lowlier, lowliest) 1. humble in station, condition, or nature: a lowly cottage. 2. low in growth or position. 3. humble in spirit; meek. –adverb 4. in a low position, manner, or degree. 5. in a lowly manner;… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 lowly — 1. adjective a) Not high; not elevated in place; low. b) Low in rank or social importance. 2. adverb a) In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. And there was none of these other knyghtes but they redde in bookes and holpe for to synge Masse,… …

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  • 19 lowly — adjective (lowlier, lowliest) 1》 low in status or importance. 2》 (of an organism) primitive or simple. adverb to a low degree: lowly paid workers. Derivatives lowlily adverb lowliness noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 lowly — adjective that s right Mrs. Tynesdale, I used to be your lowly stable boy Syn: humble, low, low born, low ranking, plebeian, proletarian; common, ordinary, plain, average, modest, simple; inferior, ignoble, subordinate, obscure Ant …

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