Definitions

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  • adj. Like a gentleman; courteous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or becoming, a gentleman; befitting a man of good breeding; well-behaved; courteous; polite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as gentlemanly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. befitting a man of good breeding

Etymologies

gentleman +‎ -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I imagine him to be old, for Mr Hood is the acting partner — he seems about 40, and with what we call a gentlemanlike carriage; he seems naturally good-naturd, and perhaps would have told me more particulars if I had found heart enuff to ask them.

    Letter 16

  • Had this happened to a French petit maitre, death must have ensued: but mark what followed — The Athenian, far from resenting the outrage, in what is now called a gentlemanlike manner, said, “Do, strike if you please; but hear me.”

    Travels through France and Italy

  • We are unable to conceive how the "gentlemanlike" can otherwise be maintained; and maintained in this way it is.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • I said that for the sake of those children and the one unborn, I should be loth to part from my husband; that I bore him no ill-will, but that unless he would undertake to be "gentlemanlike" in his conduct towards me, I must leave him.

    English Laws for Women in the Nineteenth Century

  • He won the gold medal awarded periodically “to the cadet who during his period of training exhibited the most gentlemanlike bearing and good influence among the cadets.”

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Of course, I knew that Mr. Vangenzen could be trusted to behave in a gentlemanlike manner, but learning that his feelings were firmly fixed upon another was a great comfort.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • I got a definite reply if not a very gentlemanlike one.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • The Tar Man wiped his hand on his sleeve and shook his head in disappointment, then stood aside, gentlemanlike, allowing Gideon to stand up.

    THE TIME QUAKE

  • And forgive my cynicism, but expecting multinational conglomerates to act in a gentlemanlike fashion and to do the right thing?

    Terms of Endearment

  • As he paid his compliments round the circle, the scales seemed to fall from the eyes of those he spoke to; and they saw with surprise, that the exaggerations had existed entirely in their own preconceptions, and that whatever the fortunes, or rank in life, of Mr. Tyrrel might be, his manners, without being showy, were gentlemanlike and pleasing.

    Saint Ronan's Well

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