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Meaning of lowly by Wiktionary Dictionary

lowly


    Etymology

    From low +‎ -ly .

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -əʊli

    Adjective

    lowly ( comparative lowlier, superlative lowliest )

    1. Not high; not elevated in place; low .
    2. Low in rank or social importance .
    3. Not lofty or sublime; humble .
    4. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride .

    Adverb

    lowly ( comparative more lowly, superlative most lowly )

    1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly.
    2. In a low condition; meanly .


Explanation of lowly by Wordnet Dictionary

lowly


    Adjective
    1. of low birth or station

    2. of humble ( or lowly ) birth
    3. inferior in rank or status

    4. a lowly corporal
    5. used of unskilled work ( especially domestic work )

    6. low or inferior in station or quality

    7. a lowly parish priest


    Definition of lowly by GCIDE Dictionary

    lowly


    1. Lowly a. [Compar. Lowlier ; superl. Lowliest.] [Low, a. + -ly.]
      1. Not high; not elevated in place; low. “Lowly lands.” Dryden.

      2. Low in rank or social importance.

      One common right the great and lowly claims. Pope.

      3. Not lofty or sublime; humble.

      These rural poems, and their lowly strain. Dryden.

      4. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride.

      Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart. Matt. xi. 29.

    2. Lowly, adv.
      1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. “Be lowly wise.” Milton.

      2. In a low condition; meanly.

      I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught. Shak.