American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1.
- adj. Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze.
- adj. Archaic Within the law; lawful.
- adj. Obsolete Natural to its kind.
- adv. Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake.
- adv. In a kind manner: He spoke kindly to us.
- adv. Pleasantly; agreeably: The sun shone kindly.
- adv. In an accommodating manner: Would you kindly fill in your name and address?
- adv. Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to kind, nature, or origin. Natural; characteristic; existing or coming naturally.
- Of a suitable nature or quality; fit; proper.
- Consonant in kind; appropriate; agreeable.
- Native; pertaining to nativity; indigenous. Sen kindly tenant, below.
- Naturally inherent; inborn; innate.
- Of legitimate birth; lawfully begotten.
- Naturally inclined to good; sympathetic; benevolent: as, a kindly old gentleman; a kindly disposition; also, benignant; gracious.
- Soft; agreeable; refreshing; favorable; beneficial: as, kindly showers.
- In a natural or native manner By nature; naturally; instinctively.
- By heart; thoroughly.
- By nativity; as regards nature or origin.
- Congenially; readily; spontaneously; with aptitude.
- In a kind manner; with sympathetic tenderness, consideration, or good will.
- Lovingly; affectionately; tenderly.
- Propitiously; auspiciously; favorably.
- As an act of kindness; as a compliment or favor; good-naturedly: in the phrase to take (something) kindly.
- adj. Having a kind personality.
- adv. In a kind manner, out of kindness.
- adv. in a favourable way.
- adv. US Please; used to make a polite request.
- adv. US With kind acceptance; used with take.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare According to the kind or nature; natural.
- adj. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful.
- adj. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
- adv. obsolete Naturally; fitly.
- adv. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
- adv. in a kind manner or out of kindness
- adj. pleasant and agreeable
- adj. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
“Contempt, dislike, kindly disdain -- he was always _kindly_ -- he made quite a point of _that_.”
“Each afternoon, he turned away from the Pentecostal preacher who stood with his Bible at the foot of his bed, and said his name kindly and asked to say a prayer or lay his hands upon the burning body.”
“Shain from the label kindly took time out to give us a little insight and history of this fiercely independent label.”
“Napolitano, who doesn't think Drudge "means the nickname kindly" said at a recent Politico event that Drudge is wrong in describing DHS programs as Orwellian and that "the privacy impact of new airport screening technology and similar programs are thoroughly vetted before they are implemented," in”
“While their romance does have more moments of realism than the cutesy couplings of, say, It's Complicated, Karen's transformation from testy to kindly is hard to believe as other characters evolve more realistically.”
“He came home; and Mr. Austin kindly bade him take his house for his home till he could return to me.”
“His father, gentle, self-deprecating, kindly, is the favoured parent, but Barnes seems never to have been able to get close to him because of his ‘solipsistic’ and controlling mother.”
“His smile could be called kindly and deferential, even likable, in the way we want old people to be wise and likable.”
“PrinceJvstin kindly reviewed the uncorrected bound manuscript of my novel, Prospero Lost.”
“With about half our time up, Kristin kindly opened the floor up to fan questions.”
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