Definition of lowly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlōlē/

adjective (lowlier, lowliest)

1Low in status or importance; humble: she was too good for her lowly position
More example sentences
  • A tan face signifies the status of a lowly peasant who has worked in the fields all her life.
  • I mean after all wasn't Jesus a humble lowly carpenter!
  • Certainly they rarely showed any sign of looking like champions after a good opening spell, as Kirkcaldy showed a fighting spirit which belied their lowly status.
humble, low, low-born, low-ranking, plebeian, proletarian;
common, ordinary, plain, average, modest, simple;
inferior, ignoble, subordinate, obscure
1.1(Of an organism) primitive or simple.
Example sentences
  • Darwin's last major publication was a treatise on the lowly earthworm that exemplified the meticulous scientific method that brought him to fame.
  • Yet even this lowly creature, which can circumvent sex and simply bud like a clump of daylilies, can mouth a Wnt sentence - and use it to guide development.
  • Even the lowliest creatures ensure they have a decent home before they start breeding.


To a low degree; in a low manner: lowly paid workers
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  • He did well to desist: it is impossible to imagine him as the crushed, shuffling Willy Loman, a tragic hero designed for a lowly democratic society.
  • He whispered so lowly it's amazing I even heard him.
  • He finally turned around and said in measured tones lowly, ‘A relationship is built on trust.’



Pronunciation: /ˈlōləˌlē/
Example sentences
  • The moment the door opened she curtsied, profoundly and lowlily, not raising her eyes from the ground, and advanced with John into the middle of the floor, both scarce able to move.
  • Then he said, bowing his head lowlily, for his pride was gone - "may we - that is, I and this, my poor device, withdraw from your palace?"


Pronunciation: /ˈlōlēnəs/
Example sentences
  • In story after story in the gospels, humility and lowliness before the Lord seem to tug at his heart, opening his love and mercy.
  • In other words, a text about high standing in the Kingdom of God is contradicted by words of lowliness and humility.
  • ‘Such spectators revealed a mentality of lowliness and self-belittlement,’ he said.

Words that rhyme with lowly

aïoli, coaly, coley, Foley, goalie, guacamole, holey, Holi, holy, moly, pinole, ravioli, roly-poly, Rowley, shoaly, soli

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Syllabification: low·ly

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