- 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.
- kind; gracious; benign
- agreeable; pleasant: a kindly climate
- Archaic natural; native; innate
Origin of kindlyMiddle English cyndelich ; from Old English (ge)cyndelic, natural ; from cynd(e): see kind
- 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 Of or relating to a status derived by legal descent from an ancestor.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.
(comparative kindlier, superlative kindliest)
- Having a kind personality.
- A kindly old man sits on the park bench every afternoon feeding pigeons.
- should e'er a kindlier time ensue
- an herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting
- L. Andrews
- Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.
(comparative more kindly, superlative most kindly)
- In a kind manner, out of kindness.
- He kindly offered to take us to the station in his car.
- in a favourable way.
- (US) Please; used to make a polite request.
- Kindly refrain from walking on the grass.
- Kindly move your car out of the front yard.
- (US) With kind acceptance; used with take.
- I don't take kindly to threats.
- Aunt Daisy didn't take it kindly when we forgot her anniversary.
- (please): Kindly is used in a slightly more peremptory way than please. It is generally used to introduce a request with which the person addressed is expected to comply, and takes the edge off what would otherwise be a command.
- (with kind acceptance): This sense is a negative polarity item; it is usually found in questions and negative statements, as in the above example sentences.