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Meaning of LOWLY

Pronunciation:  'lowlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
  2. [adj]  inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
  3. [adj]  used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
  4. [adj]  low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"

LOWLY is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: base, baseborn, humble, inferior, junior, junior-grade, low, lowborn, lower, lower-ranking, menial, modest, petty(a), secondary, small, subaltern, subordinate, unskilled



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Low"ly\, a. [Compar. {Lowlier}; superl. {Lowliest}.]
    [Low, a. + -ly.]
    1. Not high; not elevated in place; low. ``Lowly lands.''
    2. Low in rank or social importance.
             One common right the great and lowly claims. --Pope.
    3. Not lofty or sublime; humble.
             These rural poems, and their lowly strain. --Dryden.
    4. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free
       from pride.
             Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am
             meek and lowly in heart.              --Matt. xi.
  2. \Low"ly\, adv.
    1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. ``Be lowly
       wise.'' --Milton.
    2. In a low condition; meanly.
             I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught.
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