- adj. In a manner befitting a headmaster.
- headmaster + -ly (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“It's a sort of firm, headmasterly tone, but a warm and kindly one too.”
“Staines 'encounter with Michael White is well known, but I have fond memories of Draper being taken apart by a headmasterly Anthony Howard too.”
“It is also that they can't stand his mix of bumptiousness and headmasterly pomposity.”
““And I must say, Isabel …” Dad turns his finest headmasterly gaze in my direction.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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