Definition of kindly in English:



  • 1In a kind manner.

    ‘‘Never mind,’ she said kindly’
    • ‘Evidently he's heard about kindly respectful paparazzi and wants to test the water.’
    • ‘The nurses at the geriatric hospital kindly shared his care with the family.’
    • ‘The Times of India very kindly provided the stickers.’
    • ‘To put it kindly, the manner in which juniors are treated varies a great deal from club to club.’
    • ‘Well, we spoke before the break and you very kindly gave us your frank and honest overall view that that particular recommendation had not been handled well or at all.’
    • ‘There will once again be a raffle with more lovely prizes kindly donated by the generous business people of Tramore.’
    • ‘Generous support from the Markle Foundation is kindly acknowledged.’
    • ‘All visa applicants are kindly referred to apply at the respective embassies in Bangkok only.’
    • ‘Kaezik answered her kindly, a model of charm and manners.’
    • ‘Jack Clancy of Clancy's Bar has kindly provided generous sponsorship to subsidise transport to Coleraine.’
    • ‘With due respect to your person I kindly wish to ask for your attention and consideration just for a while.’
    • ‘Imagine his surprise on Christmas Eve when he opened his post, only to see the bank had kindly sent him on a brand spanking new chequebook - for pounds.’
    • ‘I have a novel idea, let's treat one another kindly, with dignity and respect.’
    • ‘Is it possible for you and your husband to talk honestly, kindly and straightforwardly to each other?’
    • ‘He received Augustine kindly, and Monica held him in deep respect as a pastor.’
    • ‘He says it kindly, and I think that he might actually respect my opinion.’
    • ‘And maybe some people will join because they feel lonely and want to be part of a group that treats them kindly and with respect.’
    • ‘In this he was assisted by a lady of the court whom he had broken into in another manner, and who felt kindly towards him.’
    • ‘He asked his mom, who kindly informed us that it would be blackfish, a fairly popular fish in many parts of Asia.’
    • ‘No matter what the period was and what the issues were, the leadership has always regarded kindly and respected the China Youth Daily.’
    benevolently, good-naturedly, warmly, affectionately, tenderly, lovingly, compassionately
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    1. 1.1Please (used in a polite request or demand, often ironically)
      ‘would you kindly explain what you're talking about?’
      • ‘We are requesting the public to kindly organise a Coffee Day in your own home, work place, or local area.’
      • ‘Can someone kindly explain to me what all the recent fuss is about on the freedom pass issue.’
      • ‘If there is some other reason for offering the staff money, kindly explain.’
      • ‘I would request you to kindly alter the duration of a day on earth from the present 24 hours to 32 hours.’
      • ‘Prime Minister, would you kindly explain why taxes must rise?’
      please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray
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  • Kind, warm-hearted, or gentle.

    ‘he was a quiet, kindly man’
    • ‘These kindly gentlemen sometimes have other children waiting to be graded and, understandably, wish to see auspicious outcomes.’
    • ‘Hopkins is a gentle, kindly soul who doesn't get on anyone's goat and is happy doing his own thing.’
    • ‘I called out for a doctor or vet and a kindly gentleman stepped forward with a cat under one arm, a Labrador on a leash and what looked like a rather confident swordfish without a sword on the end of its nose.’
    • ‘Michael, or Girders, as he was affectionately known, was a good father and grandad, kindly neighbour and friend.’
    • ‘The father she remembers was a warm, kindly person for whom no one ever had a bad word - a man devoted to his four daughters.’
    • ‘May, who was a resident of Harbour Street and latterly of Hill 60, was a kindly neighbour and good friend and will be most sadly missed.’
    • ‘There are also ritual lamps, and a charming gilded swing with push-rods to lull the deity into a kindly tolerance of human failings.’
    • ‘A kindly gentleman, Con was a great neighbour and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his devoted family and close friends.’
    • ‘But at the same time she had a sincere, kindly and generous nature to which I instinctively warmed.’
    • ‘He had a gentle, kindly manner, twinkling eyes and quick smile, a keen sense of humour and a penetrating wit.’
    • ‘Customers often asked the kindly gentleman to help crack their problems, which could be anything from domestic quarrels to housing disputes.’
    • ‘As one of this country's great achievers, he was also a friendly, approachable and kindly man who gave great encouragement to others in his field.’
    • ‘It is true that he was, as he appeared to be, a gentle and kindly man, but in other respects he was not at all what he seemed.’
    • ‘It was certainly not the action of a man whom many people have described to me as being ‘genial, kindly and benign’.’
    • ‘They are always kindly, protective, helpful and understanding, honoring the mother spirit within women.’
    • ‘I'm aware that's a generalisation, and that there may be some gentle, kindly drivers somewhere in the country, but I haven't found one yet.’
    • ‘While during his dealings with his generals' children, he is seen as a kindly father-figure, capable of generosity and fun.’
    • ‘The Mayo Abbey and Brize region has lost a kindly gentleman with the passing of Sonny Gibbons.’
    • ‘He as a kindly gentleman and he will be sadly missed by the people of the district.’
    • ‘The child know that he or she is loved because in these kindly acts and gentle deeds, love is conveyed, beyond words.’
    benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, humane
    gentle, warm, mild, compassionate, caring, tender-hearted, soft-hearted, tender, loving, loving and giving, motherly, fatherly, benign, mellow, well meaning, genial
    indulgent, understanding, sympathetic, lenient, tolerant, charitable, magnanimous, easy-going, patient
    helpful, thoughtful, considerate, good, good-hearted, nice, friendly, neighbourly, pleasant, amiable, agreeable, affable, amicable
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Old English: adverb from gecyndelīce ‘naturally, characteristically’(see kind, -ly); adjective from gecyndelīc ‘natural’(see kind, -ly).