Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bravely; as with the strength of a yeoman.
  • Of yeoman's rank; hence, plain; homely; simple; humble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to a yeoman; becoming or suitable to, a yeoman; yeomanlike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Like a yeoman: stout and true
  • adjective Of or proper to the class of yeomen in British history
  • adverb Like a yeoman: stoutly and bravely

Etymologies

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yeoman +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Don Cheadle gives his best performance to date as controversial Washington, D.C., disc jockey Petey Greene, and Chitewel Ejiofor yeomanly plays the radio programmer who gave him a chance.

    The Week in DVR: Life on Mars, Whedon's Dollhouse, Cheadle's Best

  • Don Cheadle gives his best performance to date as controversial Washington, D.C., disc jockey Petey Greene, and Chitewel Ejiofor yeomanly plays the radio programmer who gave him a chance.

    The Week in DVR: Life on Mars, Whedon's Dollhouse, Cheadle's Best

  • But in case the challenger be of yeomanly degree, well wot I that Magdalen Proudfute may choose her own champion among the bravest burghers of Perth, and shame and dishonour were it to the Fair City for ever could she light upon one who were traitor and coward enough to say her nay!

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • “Say as thou list, Wamba,” replied the Knight, “these yeomen did thy master Cedric yeomanly service at Torquilstone.”

    Ivanhoe

  • “No!” exclaimed Rebecca, “they bear themselves right yeomanly — the Black Knight approaches the postern with his huge axe — the thundering blows which he deals, you may hear them above all the din and shouts of the battle — Stones and beams are hailed down on the bold champion — he regards them no more than if they were thistle-down or feathers!”

    Ivanhoe

  • Hinote's yeomanly effort on the forecheck also energized Joe Sakic in Game 6 and has helped generate scoring chances for Ville Nieminen, Eric Messier and a host of others throughout the playoffs.

    USATODAY.com - Give Hinote a star

  • The man stepped aside; and thus they proceeded, the prisoner taking full advantage of the liberty of choice allowed him, until, out of a panel of nearly sixty, twelve respectable, yeomanly-looking men had been selected.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Judge Abbott is, therefore, of good yeomanly pedigree.

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1884

  • ` ` Well and yeomanly done! '' shouted the robbers;

    Ivanhoe

  • I warrant you he's as yeomanly a man as you shall see; mark you, masters, here's a plain honest man without welt or guard.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) With an Introduction upon Ancient Humour

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