Definition of Lowly

1. Adjective. Low or inferior in station or quality. "Small beginnings"

Exact synonyms: Humble, Low, Modest, Small
Similar to: Inferior
Derivative terms: Humbleness, Lowness



2. Adjective. Inferior in rank or status. "A subordinate functionary"
Exact synonyms: Junior-grade, Lower-ranking, Petty, Secondary, Subaltern
Similar to: Junior
Derivative terms: Pettiness, Subaltern

3. Adjective. Used of unskilled work (especially domestic work).
Exact synonyms: Humble, Menial
Similar to: Unskilled

4. Adjective. Of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense). "Of humble (or lowly) birth"
Exact synonyms: Base, Baseborn, Humble
Similar to: Lowborn
Derivative terms: Humbleness

Definition of Lowly

1. a. Not high; not elevated in place; low.

2. adv. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly.

Definition of Lowly

1. Adjective. Not high; not elevated in place; low. ¹

2. Adjective. Low in rank or social importance. ¹

3. Adjective. Not lofty or sublime; humble. ¹

4. Adjective. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free from pride. ¹

5. Adverb. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. ¹

6. Adverb. In a low condition; meanly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lowly

1. low in position or rank [adj -LIER, -LIEST] : LOWLILY [adv]

Medical Definition of Lowly

1. 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. 29) Origin: Low, + -ly. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lowly

lowlier
lowliest
lowlife
lowlifer
lowlifers
lowlifes
lowlight
lowlights
lowlihead
lowliheads
lowlihood
lowlily
lowliness
lowlinesses
lowlives
lowly (current term)
lown
lown-ganong-levine syndrome
lownd
lownded
lownding
lownds
lowne
lowned
lownes
lowness
lownesses
lowning
lowns
lowp

Literary usage of Lowly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sunshine and shadow in New York by Matthew Hale Smith (1869)
"HOMES OF THE lowly. THE extreme value of land in the city makes tenement-houses a necessity. Usually they occupy a lot twenty-five by one hundred feet, ..."

2. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1889)
"... rudimentary, and lowly organised structures variable—Parts developed in an unusual manner are highly variable: specific characters more variable than ..."

3. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"A lowly Bard was he, Nature s Law. nurst in the Peasant's lowly shed, . . The Brigs of Ayr. The lowly train in life's sequester'd scene; The Cotter's Sat. ..."

4. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER II Of lowly submission MAKE no great account who is for thee or against thee, but mind only the present duty and take care that God be with thee in ..."

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