adj. lord·li·er, lord·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lord.
2. Very dignified and noble: a lordly and charitable enterprise.
3. Pretentiously arrogant and overbearing.
1. In a dignified, noble fashion befitting or characteristic of a lord.
2. In a pretentiously arrogant and overbearing manner.
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