Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a knight or knights.
  • adj. Befitting a knight; formally courteous (as a knight); chivalrous, gallant and courtly.
  • adv. In the manner of a knight; chivalrously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a knight; becoming a knight; chivalrous
  • adv. In a manner becoming a knight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a knight or knights; befitting a knight; chivalrous: as, a knightly combat.
  • In a manner like or becoming a knight; chivalrously.

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

  • adj. characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages
  • adj. being attentive to women like an ideal knight

Etymologies

From Middle English knightly, knightlich, from Old English cnihtlīċ ("boyish, youthful, childish"), equivalent to knight +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch knechtelijk ("servile"), German knechtlich ("menial"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I agree about atonement but think that keira knightly is a bit of a terrible actress to be honest the remake of pride and prejudice was terrible to since when is Mr Collins the sexiest person in the film.

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  • May 16, 2006 12: 07 PM keira knightly is truely aweful.

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  • As this passed in the French language, the meaning escaped the understanding of such Imperialists as were within hearing at the time; and the Princess, who waited with some astonishment till the Crusader and the Varangian had finished their conference, when it was over, said to him with interest, "I trust you feel that poor man's situation to be too much at a distance from your own, to admit of your meeting him in what is termed knightly battle?"

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  • Kern does not indicate the remedy that the women sought, but his gloss of the complaints implies that it entailed a revision (certainly not a wholesale abandonment) of the agreements — perhaps, as we shall see in a moment, by creating an enforceable system of rules more sharply delineating the boundaries of "knightly" behavior.

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  • Stephen's teachings required married men to support their wives by acting as "knightly" providers and fathers.

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  • He rides a very showy dappled grey horse tricked out with red leather tack and every kind of knightly knob and medallion.

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  • If the sides were equally matched in strength and weapons, and if the witness in question did not know any of the fighters before, she will nevertheless redistribute sun and wind in her description if one of the brawlers happens accidentally to have interested her, or has behaved in a "knightly" fashion, though under other circumstances he might have earned only her dislike.

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  • She had great faith, for, in her favourite way, she had "made a picture of him," riding up and down among the dunes, with the "knightly" look on his face which had first drawn her thoughts to him.

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  • John de Brocas was a very thoughtful youth, very different in appearance from his younger brothers, who were fine stalwart young men, well versed in every kind of knightly exercise, and delighting in nothing so much as the display of their energies and skill.

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  • Varangian had finished their conference, when it was over, said to him with interest, “I trust you feel that poor man’s situation to be too much at a distance from your own, to admit of your meeting him in what is termed knightly battle?”

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