Definition of gentlemanly in English:

gentlemanly

adjective

  • 1Chivalrous, courteous, or honourable.

    ‘his gentlemanly behaviour’
    • ‘Other ballads generally portray him as a victim and romantic hero, and embody the legends of his gentlemanly conduct and chivalrous deeds.’
    • ‘Geek guys seem like wholesome, responsible, potential breadwinners who will be polite, courteous and gentlemanly with someone's daughter on a date.’
    • ‘He advised us almost constantly what was going on, and we were struck by his gentlemanly, courteous, informed, and considerate approach.’
    • ‘He actually hadn't given any direct indication that he was being anything other than chivalrous and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘Ever since I was a wee lad of five, it's been imprinted on my brain to be chivalrous and gentlemanly.’
    • ‘We have found him to be a gentlemanly, courteous, and fair person to deal with.’
    • ‘He was very highly thought of in this position and all who worked with Willie were high in praise of his gentlemanly behaviour towards staff and officials alike.’
    • ‘This award goes to the player who displays gentlemanly conduct.’
    • ‘‘He was gentlemanly, courteous, formal, perhaps a little obsessive,’ said a colleague.’
    • ‘And despite the gentlemanly behaviour, he wasn't bad company.’
    • ‘Sachin has been a great role model with his gentlemanly behaviour, despite his huge stature in the cricketing world.’
    • ‘From the novels she appears to be the sort of woman who appreciates gentlemanly behaviour, but then she also seems to like cads.’
    • ‘This is largely due to the extraordinarily considerate, polite, and gentlemanly treatment which we receive from the officers in command.’
    • ‘Not just because England won it but the gentlemanly manner in which our players conducted themselves made me proud to be English.’
    • ‘Then I saw how the ladies came alive at his gentlemanly attentions, how flattered they were by them.’
    • ‘The veteran German actor imbues the character of Schultz with a quiet appeal and pathos that is evident in Schultz's tiny smiles and gentlemanly mannerisms.’
    • ‘He kissed my hand at the end of the evening - in a very courtly and gentlemanly way, not like a smarmy guy making a move.’
    • ‘This can be thought of as the gentlemanly, or civilized, approach to warfare.’
    • ‘A very quiet individual, his gentlemanly manner endeared him to all who made his acquaintance.’
    • ‘He acted honourably and, in the gentlemanly world of golf, with the intention of abiding by the rules.’
    chivalrous, gallant, honourable, noble, courtly, courteous, civil, respectful, polite, well mannered, well bred, well behaved, attentive, gracious
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    1. 1.1Befitting a gentleman.
      ‘a gentlemanly profession’
      • ‘Skimpole expects a living from the world without actually earning it, either in the gentlemanly professions or in trade.’
      • ‘It was a gentlemanly and dignified spectacle such as the game has seldom seen - not only that, it took real bravery as the risks to themselves and their families are very real.’
      • ‘I contemplated forgoing the gloating and simply waving to the Beemer boys in a gentlemanly, dignified manner.’
      • ‘His authority rested, in part, on his gentlemanly reserve, on the fact that he was the paper's first male food editor.’
      • ‘Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't do something because it's not ladylike or gentlemanly?’
      • ‘They have two nice boats: a quick one with twin outboards and a more gentlemanly vessel powered by a sedate diesel.’

Pronunciation

gentlemanly

/ˈdʒɛnt(ə)lmənli/