Share this entry

American English: /ˈkaɪn(d)li/
British English: /ˈkʌɪndli/

Translation of kindly in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (generously) they kindly invited me to join them
    tuvieron la gentileza de invitarme a ir con ellos
    Example sentences
    • To put it kindly, the manner in which juniors are treated varies a great deal from club to club.
    • No matter what the period was and what the issues were, the leadership has always regarded kindly and respected the China Youth Daily.
    • Jack Clancy of Clancy's Bar has kindly provided generous sponsorship to subsidise transport to Coleraine.
    1.2 (adding polite emphasis) [formal]passengers are kindly requested to …
    se ruega a los pasajeros tengan la amabilidad de …
    Example sentences
    • I would request you to kindly alter the duration of a day on earth from the present 24 hours to 32 hours.
    • We are requesting the public to kindly organise a Coffee Day in your own home, work place, or local area.
    • Can someone kindly explain to me what all the recent fuss is about on the freedom pass issue.
    1.3 (expressing annoyance, impatience) See examples: kindly explain to me how …
    tenga la bondad de explicarme cómo …
    kindly keep your opinions to yourself
    si no te importa, preferiría que te guardaras tu opinión
  • 2 (favorably) See examples: they didn't take kindly to my suggestion
    no recibieron demasiado bien mi sugerencia
    she doesn't take kindly to being contradicted
    no le hace ninguna gracia que la contradigan
    not to look kindly on something

adjective -lier, -liest

  • she gave him a kindly look
    lo miró comprensiva
    Example sentences
    • Michael, or Girders, as he was affectionately known, was a good father and grandad, kindly neighbour and friend.
    • I'm aware that's a generalisation, and that there may be some gentle, kindly drivers somewhere in the country, but I haven't found one yet.
    • The child know that he or she is loved because in these kindly acts and gentle deeds, love is conveyed, beyond words.

Definition of kindly in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources


    Next Score:
    Word of the day fortissimo
    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
    Cultural fact of the day


    A portero is a superintendent in an apartment building who looks after it, keeps it clean, delivers mail, and keeps an eye on comings and goings. Porteros often have an apartment in the building as part of their pay. The portero, and particularly the female portera, are part of popular culture. They have a reputation for being inquisitive and fond of gossip.