What does kindly mean?

Definitions for kindly
ˈkaɪnd likind·ly

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word kindly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-heartedadjective

    showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity

    "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor"

  2. kindlyadverb

    pleasant and agreeable

    "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"

  3. kindlyadverb

    in a kind manner or out of kindness

    "He spoke kindly to the boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake"

Wiktionary

  1. kindlyadverb

    In a kind manner, out of kindness.

    He kindly offered to take us to the station in his car.

  2. kindlyadverb

    in a favourable way.

  3. kindlyadverb

    Please; .

  4. kindlyadverb

    With kind acceptance; .

  5. kindlyadjective

    Having a kind personality.

    A kindly old man sits on the park bench every afternoon feeding pigeons.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kindlyadjective

    Etymology: from kind; probably from kind the substantive.

    This competency I beseech God I may be able to digest into kindly juice, that I may grow thereby. Hammond.

    These soft fires
    Not only enlighten, but with kindly heat,
    Of various influence, foment and warm,
    Temper or nourish. John Milton, Parad. Lost, b.iv.

    Through all the living regions do’st thou move,
    And scatter’st, where thou goest, the kindly seeds of love. Dryden.

    Ye heav’ns, from high the dewy nectar pour,
    And in soft silence shed the kindly show’r! Alexander Pope.

  2. Kindlyadverb

    Etymology: from kind.

    Sir Thurio borrows his wit from your ladyship’s looks, and spends what he borrows kindly in your company. William Shakespeare.

    I sometime lay here in Corioli,
    At a poor man’s house: he us’d me kindly. William Shakespeare, Coriol.

    Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love, in honour prefering one another. Ro. xii. 10.

    His grief some pity, others blame;
    The fatal cause all kindly seek. Matthew Prior.

    Who, with less designing ends,
    Kindlier entertain their friends;
    With good words, and count’nance sprightly,
    Strive to treat them all politely? Jonathan Swift.

ChatGPT

  1. kindly

    Kindly refers to the quality or state of being gentle, considerate, or benevolent in nature or behavior. Alternatively, it can be used as an adverb implying in a kind or considerate manner, It is also used while making polite requests or suggestions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kindlynoun

    according to the kind or nature; natural

  2. Kindlynoun

    humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc

  3. Kindlynoun

    favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent

  4. Kindlyadverb

    naturally; fitly

  5. Kindlyadverb

    in a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige

  6. Etymology: [AS. cyndelic. See Kind, n. ]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kindly

    kīnd′li, adj. natural: benevolent: (orig.) belonging to the kind or race.—n. Kind′liness.—adv. Kind′ly.—adj. Kind′ly-nā′tured.—Kindly tenant (Scot.), a tenant of the same stock as his landlord, or who held his lands in succession, from father to son, for several generations.

Editors Contribution

  1. kindlyadverb

    In a kind manner.

    They kindly help their neighbours when it is necessary and vital.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 23, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kindly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of kindly in a Sentence

  1. Ripley D. Saunders:

    Life's simplest things are love, and kindly friends, Nature's sweet charm of earth and sea and sky gladness of soul that with right living blends -- home's dear content, so cheap that all may buy.

  2. Emily Dickinson:

    Because I could not stop for Death -- He kindly stopped for me -- The carriage held but just ourselvesAnd immortality.

  3. Secretary General Markus Kattner:

    FIFA and AFC would kindly ask you to abide by the following: first to reinstate the four dismissed ANFA members by May 23, 2016 the latest, and second, to convene an ordinary congress of ANFA as soon as possible thereafter.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

  5. Rich Noyes:

    It seems high and mighty of the Huffington Post to decide who is and who isn't a real candidate when Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls right now, they wouldn't have taken kindly if the rest of the media had treated Arianna Huffington's run for governor of California as a sideshow. I would say it's up to the voters to decide who is a real candidate and who is not.

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