Definitions

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  • adjective obsolete Scholarlike.

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  • adjective Resembling a clerk or some aspect of one; tidy, bureaucratic, etc.

Etymologies

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clerk +‎ -like

Examples

  • All he did was to sign the circulars with his flourish and signature, and direct them in a shaky, clerklike hand.

    Vanity Fair

  • I am not ignorant that Solomon said, who indeed of that matter speaketh clerklike and learnedly, — as also how Aristotle after him declared for a truth that, for the greater part, the lechery of a woman is ravenous and unsatisfiable.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • I am not ignorant that Solomon said, who indeed of that matter speaketh clerklike and learnedly, — as also how Aristotle after him declared for a truth that, for the greater part, the lechery of a woman is ravenous and unsatisfiable.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The best answer I can give you is in a clerklike manner to make some observations on two principal points which seem to point like indices into the midst of the whole pro and con about genius, and views, and achievements, and ambition, et coetera. 1st.

    Selected English Letters

  • And at last he drew a sheet of paper forward and wrote, in his neat, clerklike hand, just a few lines.

    Beyond The Rocks A Love Story

  • The street was seriously quiet the afternoon of our visit, with only a few foot-passengers sauntering through it, and certain clerklike youth entering and issuing from the doors of the buildings which had the air of being law-offices.

    London Films

  • In him is no remedy; only clerklike 'despatch of business' according to routine.

    The French Revolution

  • Here Lord Vargrave's well-fed servant, now advanced to the dignity of own gentleman and house-steward, entered the room with a letter; it had a portentous look; it was wafered, the paper was blue, the hand clerklike, there was no envelope; it bore its infernal origin on the face of it, -- IT

    Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 03

  • Here Lord Vargrave's well-fed servant, now advanced to the dignity of own gentleman and house-steward, entered the room with a letter; it had a portentous look; it was wafered, the paper was blue, the hand clerklike, there was no envelope; it bore its infernal origin on the face of it, -- IT WAS A DUN'S.

    Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete

  • All he did was to sign the circulars with his flourish and signature, and direct them in a shaky, clerklike hand.

    Vanity Fair

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