- The definition of kindly is someone gentle, pleasant or compassionate.
A sweet, gentle and nice old woman is an example of a kindly old woman.
- Kindly is defined as something done in a caring or compassionate manner, or is a word used to request something in an overly-polite manner.
- When you give someone a reprieve from answering a question and you do so out of compassion, this is an example of when you kindly let them off the hook.
- If you want someone to be quiet and you ask them in a rude way, this is an example of when you might say "would you kindly shut up please."
A kindly doctor.
kindly definition by Webster's New World
- kind; gracious; benign
- agreeable; pleasant: a kindly climate
- Archaic natural; native; innate
Origin: Middle English cyndelich ; from Old English (ge)cyndelic, natural ; from cynd(e): see kind
- kindliness noun
kindly definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective kind·li·er, kind·li·est
- Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1.
- Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze.
- a. Archaic Within the law; lawful.b. Obsolete Natural to its kind.
- Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake.
- In a kind manner: He spoke kindly to us.
- Pleasantly; agreeably: The sun shone kindly.
- In an accommodating manner: Would you kindly fill in your name and address?
- Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.
kindly - Phrases/Idioms