Definitions

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  • adj. Befitting a friar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a friar; inexperienced.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a friar; pertaining to friars; monkish.

Etymologies

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friar +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The friars in the book are somewhat comical in their lackadaisical approach to their friarly duties.

    Book Review: Angelos

  • Yet have no abstract nor friarly contempt of them.

    XXXIV. Of Riches

  • We will supply you an omelette and piquette, and send you back sobered and friarly -- to Caen for Paris at sunset. '

    Diana of the Crossways — Volume 3

  • The earl's bowmen at the door sent in among the assailants a volley of arrows, one of which whizzed past the ear of the abbot, who, in mortal fear of being suddenly translated from a ghostly friar into a friarly ghost, began to roll out of the chapel as fast as his bulk and his holy robes would permit, roaring "Sacrilege!" with all his monks at his heels, who were, like himself, more intent to go at once than to stand upon the order of their going.

    Maid Marian

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