Definition of clerkly in US English:



  • 1Relating to or appropriate to a clerk.

    ‘a list drawn up in a clerkly hand’
    • ‘They mostly earned their livings in other clerkly trades, as journalists, parliamentary reporters or lawyers.’
    • ‘Reginald Wilfer in Our Mutual Friend, like Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, is amongst the most typically clerkly of Dickens's many London clerks.’
    • ‘They had taken far more kindly to the English language and clerkly jobs, and seemed to be more docile.’
    • ‘There are less than three hundred people in the clerkly grades, and a few hundred lower grade admin staff.’
    1. 1.1 Scholarly; learned.
      • ‘Ferguson contends that ‘preprint clerkly ideologies about the value of the ` illustrious vernaculars’ " helped to shape the development of the standardized print languages.’
      • ‘This implicit parallel of clerkly and knightly service recalls the linking of clerkliness and chivalry in the notion of translatio studii et imperii.’
      • ‘That does not seem to be a ringing endorsement of the procedure, although perhaps it is just cool, clerkly language.’
      • ‘Mastering a tradition of authoritative texts and the facility to refashion these authorities in contemporary contexts were essential elements of clerkly discourse.’
      • ‘Few men have ever had a stronger conviction of their clerisy, of their belonging to the clerkly caste of the responsibles.’
      learned, erudite, academic, well read, widely read, intellectual, literary, lettered, well educated, knowledgeable, cultured, cultivated, highbrow
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