Definition of kindly in English:

kindly

adverb

  • 1In a kind manner.

    ‘“Never mind,” she said kindly’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To put it kindly, the manner in which juniors are treated varies a great deal from club to club.’
    • ‘No matter what the period was and what the issues were, the leadership has always regarded kindly and respected the China Youth Daily.’
    • ‘He received Augustine kindly, and Monica held him in deep respect as a pastor.’
    • ‘Evidently he's heard about kindly respectful paparazzi and wants to test the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Times of India very kindly provided the stickers.’
    • ‘Is it possible for you and your husband to talk honestly, kindly and straightforwardly to each other?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nurses at the geriatric hospital kindly shared his care with the family.’
    • ‘He asked his mom, who kindly informed us that it would be blackfish, a fairly popular fish in many parts of Asia.’
    • ‘Generous support from the Markle Foundation is kindly acknowledged.’
    • ‘Jack Clancy of Clancy's Bar has kindly provided generous sponsorship to subsidise transport to Coleraine.’
    • ‘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 says it kindly, and I think that he might actually respect my opinion.’
    • ‘Kaezik answered her kindly, a model of charm and manners.’
    • ‘All visa applicants are kindly referred to apply at the respective embassies in Bangkok only.’
    • ‘I have a novel idea, let's treat one another kindly, with dignity and respect.’
    • ‘There will once again be a raffle with more lovely prizes kindly donated by the generous business people of Tramore.’
    benevolently, good-naturedly, warmly, affectionately, tenderly, lovingly, compassionately
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    1. 1.1 Please (used in a polite request or demand, often ironically)
      ‘will you kindly sign the enclosed copy of this letter’
      • ‘Can someone kindly explain to me what all the recent fuss is about on the freedom pass issue.’
      • ‘We are requesting the public to kindly organise a Coffee Day in your own home, work place, or local area.’
      • ‘If there is some other reason for offering the staff money, kindly explain.’
      • ‘Prime Minister, would you kindly explain why taxes must rise?’
      • ‘I would request you to kindly alter the duration of a day on earth from the present 24 hours to 32 hours.’
      please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray
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adjective

  • 1Kind; warmhearted; gentle.

    ‘he was a quiet, kindly man’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Customers often asked the kindly gentleman to help crack their problems, which could be anything from domestic quarrels to housing disputes.’
    • ‘A kindly gentleman, Con was a great neighbour and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his devoted family and close friends.’
    • ‘They are always kindly, protective, helpful and understanding, honoring the mother spirit within women.’
    • ‘It was certainly not the action of a man whom many people have described to me as being ‘genial, kindly and benign’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Mayo Abbey and Brize region has lost a kindly gentleman with the passing of Sonny Gibbons.’
    • ‘Michael, or Girders, as he was affectionately known, was a good father and grandad, kindly neighbour and friend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had a gentle, kindly manner, twinkling eyes and quick smile, a keen sense of humour and a penetrating wit.’
    • ‘These kindly gentlemen sometimes have other children waiting to be graded and, understandably, wish to see auspicious outcomes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hopkins is a gentle, kindly soul who doesn't get on anyone's goat and is happy doing his own thing.’
    • ‘While during his dealings with his generals' children, he is seen as a kindly father-figure, capable of generosity and fun.’
    • ‘But at the same time she had a sincere, kindly and generous nature to which I instinctively warmed.’
    benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, humane
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  • 2archaic Native-born.

Phrases

  • look kindly on

    • Regard (someone or something) sympathetically.

      • ‘But the Gods looked kindly on Freddie that day - undeservedly, I think - so I answered.’
      • ‘He pointed out the Government had set £520m aside and indicated they would look kindly on a ‘properly costed plan’ as part of a bid for more money from a new Transport Innovation Fund.’
      • ‘History doesn't look kindly on such attitudes.’
      • ‘Everyone will know that their wealth depends on the U.S. - they won't look kindly on anyone that bites the hand that feeds them.’
      • ‘But, against the run of play, Stanley had enough in their locker to take the lead after the referee, for a change, looked kindly on the visitors.’
      • ‘May God look kindly on him and may he rest in peace.’
      • ‘But it wouldn't surprise me if history looked kindly on them in the coming years.’
      • ‘He said initial discussions with Kennet officers had led him to believe that the council would look kindly on a future partnership to develop the central car park.’
      • ‘Given the strict regulations shops face now in disposing of used oil safely, I can't imagine that anyone in charge of environmental regulation or drinking water is going to look kindly on this process.’
      • ‘In the meantime, regulatory decisions should look kindly on standard formats, and not obsess over the application of antitrust laws in this context.’
  • not take kindly to

    • Not welcome or be pleased by (someone or something)

      • ‘Bob takes his art very seriously and doesn't take kindly to jokes about his dancers' limited abilities or the deeper, more spiritual side of himself so eloquently expressed in his presentations.’
      • ‘And we all know cons don't take kindly to softies who fake their own deaths using low-end special effects.’
      • ‘During the opening scene of Undertow, his character is being pursued by an angry, shotgun-wielding neighbour who doesn't take kindly to the boy fraternising with his daughter.’
      • ‘Bamford doesn't take kindly to this invasion of the privacy of others, whether the others are foreign states or individuals.’
      • ‘This Government doesn't take kindly to law enforcement types undercutting its position.’
      • ‘I talked back to her and she didn't take kindly to that.’
      • ‘Grace is a stern taskmaster and Bible-thumper who doesn't take kindly to her little girl's ‘nonsense’ about ghosts in the house.’
      • ‘They are beautiful creatures but don't take kindly to people invading their territory.’
      • ‘Only a few people in our team knew one of the secrets I harboured; I didn't take kindly to too many people knowing my weaknesses.’
      • ‘But the fun rapidly turns into a nightmare when the angry agent shows up to get his girl and doesn't take kindly to the youngster's interest.’
      resent, dislike, object to, take umbrage at, take exception to, be offended by, take offence at, be annoyed by, be irritated by, be displeased by, be affronted by, feel aggrieved about, take something amiss, be upset by, be put out by
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  • take something kindly

    • Like or be pleased by something.

      • ‘I do not take it kindly that the mayor of this town will allow the American Nazi party to have their rally at the Crossing Park.’
      • ‘Who would object… who would take it kindly if any one should assume to protect him by driving off those who wanted to bring him such things?’
      • ‘Brixton didn't take it kindly but with me standing right next to Lita, there was nothing he could do but curse out loud a few times.’
      • ‘I don't suppose Lancaster would take it kindly to know you and some others of your ilk didn't exactly hold off that mob from the Savoy, now did you?’
      • ‘And since all that's the case, I'd take it kindly if you and Hurthang and perhaps your friends Kaeritha and Brandark would be sitting down with Marglyth and me to thrash out just how we'd best go about letting that word out.’
      • ‘I don't take it kindly when people treat me unfairly.’
      • ‘‘I've been cautioned that the members of the Iowa Legislature might not take it kindly,’ said Sen.’
      • ‘And the BJP and its vote bank will not take it kindly.’
      • ‘He fends off questions with a heavy irony that I want to warn him - except I'm not sure he'll take it kindly - doesn't work in print.’
      • ‘That was a pretty thinly veiled shot at Exel, who did not take the comments kindly.’
  • thank someone kindly

    • Thank someone very much.

      • ‘‘Time for your bed, milady,’ the maid told her in a soft tone, and her mistress thanked her kindly before slipping between the sheets, expertly warmed with a copper bedpan.’
      • ‘The results are on the front page and we thank her kindly.’
      • ‘Please let us know what you think, and as always, thank you kindly for reading.’
      • ‘All I can say is thank you kindly for all your patience and continued support.’
      • ‘We only have so much patience time, so we thanked him kindly for his efforts and moved on.’
      • ‘Mostly I dozed, very happily, thank you kindly. ‘Sleep is the best medicine,’ my mother used to say, and I reckon she wasn't far wrong.’
      • ‘And working beneath a pair of backstabbers like you and my stepsister just isn't in the cards for me, Ronald, although I do thank you kindly for the offer.’
      • ‘I thank you kindly, Lord Roane, for your services.’
      • ‘‘The Boss thanks you kindly for your assistance,’ the stranger concluded.’
      • ‘Then yes, I am going to eat it, and I'll thank you kindly to let me eat it in peace.’

Origin

Old English: adverb from gecyndelīce ‘naturally, characteristically’(see kind, -ly); adjective from gecyndelīc ‘natural’(see kind, -ly).

Pronunciation

kindly

/ˈkaɪn(d)li//ˈkīn(d)lē/