- Having a kind personality; kind, warmhearted, sympathetic.
- A kindly old man sits on the park bench every afternoon feeding pigeons.
- (dated) Favourable, gentle, pleasant, tidy, auspicious, beneficent.
- 1712, Alexander Pope, Messiah:
- In soft silence shed the kindly shower.
- (archaic) Lawful.
- (obsolete) Natural; inherent to the kind or race.
- 1549 March 7, Thomas Cranmer [et al.], compilers, The Booke of the Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacramentes, […], London: […] Edowardi Whitchurche […], OCLC 56485293:
- the kindly fruits of the earth
- November 5, 1609, Lancelot Andrewes, A Sermon Preached before the King's Majesty at Whitehall
- Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.
having a kind personality
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- In a kind manner, out of kindness.
- He kindly offered to take us to the station in his car.
- 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
- She was both beautiful and young to their eyes. Her hair was a rich red in color and fell in flowing ringlets over her shoulders. Her dress was pure white but her eyes were blue, and they looked kindly upon the little girl.
- In a favourable way.
- 2011 October 29, Neil Johnston, “Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC Sport:
- Aguero was quick to block Hennessey's attempted clearance and the ball bounced kindly to Dzeko, who had the simplest of tasks to put City ahead.
- Used to make a polite request: please.
- Kindly refrain from walking on the grass.
- Kindly move your car out of the front yard.
- (US) With kind acceptance; used with take.
- I don't take kindly to threats.
- Aunt Daisy didn't take it kindly when we forgot her anniversary.
- When I ask kindly, I don't expect to repeat myself.
- (dialectal) Kind of, somewhat.
- (archaic) Readily.
- (obsolete) Naturally.
- (please): Kindly is used in a slightly more peremptory way than please. It is generally used to introduce a request with which the person addressed is expected to comply, and takes the edge off what would otherwise be a command.
- (with kind acceptance): This sense is a negative polarity item; it is usually found in questions and negative statements, as in the above example sentences.
in a kind manner
used to make polite requests
- “kindly”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.