Definition of distantly in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈdɪst(ə)ntli/


1Far away: distantly he heard shouts
More example sentences
  • She could only distantly hear the shouts of her comrades over the rushing water and her own anxious heartbeat.
  • She intended to put the money back, but, distantly, she heard shouts and clamoring.
  • Somewhat distantly, she heard ‘Are you alright?’
1.1Not closely: they are distantly related to the elephants
More example sentences
  • However, this problem should be studied in more detail considering both distantly related and closely related species.
  • Third, the more distantly related two individuals are, the more different their micro-satellites will be.
  • Apparently the evolutionary pattern of distantly related sequences should be described differently from that of closely related sequences.
1.2Coolly or remotely: she smiled distantly
More example sentences
  • ‘It's a Jolly Roger,’ she says, and smiles distantly.
  • He smiled faintly, distantly, and stared into the fire.
  • Maud smiled distantly, as if reveling in some personal dream.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: dis|tant¦ly

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.