1. adjective

a kindly old lady

benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, gentle, warm, compassionate, caring, loving, benign, well meaning, considerate
unkind, cruel
2. adverb

he looked at her kindly

nicely, warmly, affectionately, tenderly, lovingly, compassionately, considerately, obligingly, generously
unkindly, harshly

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  • Kindly — Kind ly (k[imac]nd l[y^]), a. [Compar. {Kindlier} (k[imac]nd l[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Kindliest}.] [AS. cyndelic. See {Kind}, n. ] [1913 Webster] 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.] [1913 Webster] The kindly fruits of the earth. Book… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kindly — ► ADVERB 1) in a kind manner. 2) please (used in a polite request). ► ADJECTIVE (kindlier, kindliest) ▪ kind; warm hearted. ● not take kindly to Cf. ↑not take kindly to …   English terms dictionary

  • kindly — [kīnd′lē] adj. kindlier, kindliest [ME cyndelich < OE (ge)cyndelic, natural < cynd(e): see KIND] 1. kind; gracious; benign 2. agreeable; pleasant [a kindly climate] 3. Archaic natural; native; innate adv. kin …   English World dictionary

  • Kindly — Kind ly, adv. 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kindly — as used to introduce a formal request (You are kindly requested to refrain from smoking / Kindly refrain from smoking), now has a dated sound to it, and it is never quite clear who it is who is being kind (a point Fowler noticed in 1926). A… …   Modern English usage

  • kindly — [adj] compassionate, helpful attentive, beneficial, benevolent, benign, benignant, cool, cordial, favorable, friendly, generous, genial, gentle, good, good hearted, good natured, gracious, hearty, humane, kind, kindhearted, mellow, merciful, mild …   New thesaurus

  • kindly — index benevolent, humane, paternal, peaceable, philanthropic, propitious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • kindly — (adj.) early 14c., from O.E. gecyndelic natural, innate; suitable, lawful; see KIND (Cf. kind) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Kindliness. The adverb meaning with kind feelings is from O.E. gecyndelice, with LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • kindly — benign, benignant, *kind Analogous words: *gracious, cordial, genial, affable, sociable: *amiable, good natured, complaisant, obliging: friendly, neighborly (see AMICABLE): considerate, *thoughtful, attentive Antonyms: unkindly: acrid (of temper …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • kindly — 1 adverb 1 in a kind way; generously: Mr Nunn has kindly agreed to let us use his barn for the dance. 2 spoken formal a word meaning please , which is often used when you are annoyed: Will you kindly put that book back? 3 not take kindly to to be …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • kindly — [[t]ka͟ɪndli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A kindly person is kind, caring, and sympathetic. He was a stern critic but an extremely kindly man. Derived words: kindliness N UNCOUNT His kindliness and warmth made him particularly effective with… …   English dictionary