Definition of gentlemanly in English:

gentlemanly

adjective

  • 1Chivalrous, courteous, or honourable.

    ‘his gentlemanly behaviour’
    • ‘He was very highly thought of in this position and all who worked with Willie were high in praise of his gentlemanly behaviour towards staff and officials alike.’
    • ‘‘He was gentlemanly, courteous, formal, perhaps a little obsessive,’ said a colleague.’
    • ‘This is largely due to the extraordinarily considerate, polite, and gentlemanly treatment which we receive from the officers in command.’
    • ‘The veteran German actor imbues the character of Schultz with a quiet appeal and pathos that is evident in Schultz's tiny smiles and gentlemanly mannerisms.’
    • ‘He kissed my hand at the end of the evening - in a very courtly and gentlemanly way, not like a smarmy guy making a move.’
    • ‘Other ballads generally portray him as a victim and romantic hero, and embody the legends of his gentlemanly conduct and chivalrous deeds.’
    • ‘Not just because England won it but the gentlemanly manner in which our players conducted themselves made me proud to be English.’
    • ‘Then I saw how the ladies came alive at his gentlemanly attentions, how flattered they were by them.’
    • ‘He advised us almost constantly what was going on, and we were struck by his gentlemanly, courteous, informed, and considerate approach.’
    • ‘From the novels she appears to be the sort of woman who appreciates gentlemanly behaviour, but then she also seems to like cads.’
    • ‘Ever since I was a wee lad of five, it's been imprinted on my brain to be chivalrous and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘A very quiet individual, his gentlemanly manner endeared him to all who made his acquaintance.’
    • ‘Geek guys seem like wholesome, responsible, potential breadwinners who will be polite, courteous and gentlemanly with someone's daughter on a date.’
    • ‘This can be thought of as the gentlemanly, or civilized, approach to warfare.’
    • ‘He actually hadn't given any direct indication that he was being anything other than chivalrous and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘This award goes to the player who displays gentlemanly conduct.’
    • ‘And despite the gentlemanly behaviour, he wasn't bad company.’
    • ‘Sachin has been a great role model with his gentlemanly behaviour, despite his huge stature in the cricketing world.’
    • ‘He acted honourably and, in the gentlemanly world of golf, with the intention of abiding by the rules.’
    • ‘We have found him to be a gentlemanly, courteous, and fair person to deal with.’
    chivalrous, gallant, honourable, noble, courtly, courteous, civil, respectful, polite, well mannered, well bred, well behaved, attentive, gracious
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    1. 1.1 Befitting a gentleman.
      ‘a gentlemanly profession’
      • ‘His authority rested, in part, on his gentlemanly reserve, on the fact that he was the paper's first male food editor.’
      • ‘They have two nice boats: a quick one with twin outboards and a more gentlemanly vessel powered by a sedate diesel.’
      • ‘It was a gentlemanly and dignified spectacle such as the game has seldom seen - not only that, it took real bravery as the risks to themselves and their families are very real.’
      • ‘Skimpole expects a living from the world without actually earning it, either in the gentlemanly professions or in trade.’
      • ‘Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't do something because it's not ladylike or gentlemanly?’
      • ‘I contemplated forgoing the gloating and simply waving to the Beemer boys in a gentlemanly, dignified manner.’

Pronunciation

gentlemanly

/ˈdʒɛnt(ə)lmənli/