Definitions

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  • adj. In a manner befitting a headmaster.

Etymologies

headmaster +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fry took on the role of headmasterly host – and it was ironic then that this is where he has ended up, rightly deemed a national treasure thanks to his charming residency as the High Priest of Trivia on QI.

    Six to watch: comedy panel show hosts

  • It's a sort of firm, headmasterly tone, but a warm and kindly one too.

    Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal - as it happened! | John Ashdown

  • Staines 'encounter with Michael White is well known, but I have fond memories of Draper being taken apart by a headmasterly Anthony Howard too.

    Guido Fawkes and Derek Draper to wrestle in mud

  • It is also that they can't stand his mix of bumptiousness and headmasterly pomposity.

    Trouble in the House: is a bitter class divide fuelling David Cameron's dislike of Commons Speaker John Bercow?

  • “And I must say, Isabel …” Dad turns his finest headmasterly gaze in my direction.

    Confetti Confidential

  • Lord Adair Turner, chairman of the U.K. Financial Services Authority, this week delivered a headmasterly lecture to the miscreant schoolboys who created this mess.

    The Return of the 'Governor's Eyebrows'

  • In addition, there have been almost daily policy statements from Cabinet colleagues, which he frequently sits through, nodding in a headmasterly fashion at members of Team Brown.

    Archive 2007-07-29

  • Sayeed himself made a distinctly Vicky Pollard apology, and this was followed by a headmasterly contribution from Sir George Young, the chairman of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, which set out the facts of the case.

    Archive 2005-02-01

  • After reading a couple of them Iain kindly sent me a rather cryptic and headmasterly email suggesting in impenetrable jargon they were not fully on topic and that I should not send another like that.

    Archive 2007-04-15

  • His formal, headmasterly tone always manages to unnerve me, and when I replace the receiver after one of our exchanges I often feel I have slipped back into the skin of the painfully shy and inarticulate schoolgirl I thought I had left far behind.

    suspendered

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