- The definition of kingly is a regal person or like a king.
An example of kingly is the way a lion behaves in the jungle.
A lion has a kingly manner.
- Having the status or rank of king.
- Of, like, or befitting a king; majestic and regal.
From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċ (“kingly, royal”), equivalent to king + -ly. Cognate with Dutch koninklijk (“kingly, royal”), German königlich (“kingly”), Swedish kunglig (“kingly”). Compare also Old English cynelīċ (“kingly, royal, public”).
(comparative more kingly, superlative most kingly)
- In a royal manner.
From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċe (“kingly, royally”), equivalent to king + -ly. Compare Old English cynelīċe (“kingly, royally, publicly”).