Share this entry

Share this page

kindly

Synonyms of kindly in English:

adjective

  • the children were adopted by a kindly old lady he smiled in a kindly manner
    indulgent, understanding, sympathetic, lenient, tolerant, charitable, magnanimous, easy-going, patient;
    helpful, thoughtful, considerate, good, good-hearted, nice, friendly, neighbourly, pleasant, amiable, agreeable, affable, amicable
    British informal decent
    rare benignant
    [Antonyms] unkind, cruel
  • adverb

    Back to top  
  • 1 ‘Welcome,’ she said kindly someone kindly lent us a car
    [Antonyms] unkindly, harshly
  • 2 kindly explain what you mean by that
    please, if you please, if you would be so good, if you wouldn't mind, have the goodness to, pray;
    Frenchs'il vous plaît
    archaic prithee
  • Phrases

    not take kindly to

    1
    she does not take kindly to criticism
    resent, dislike, object to, take umbrage at, take exception to, be offended by, take offence at, be annoyed/irritated by, be displeased by, be affronted by, feel aggrieved about, take something amiss, be upset by, be put out by
    informal be miffed at

    Definition of kindly in:

    Share this entry

    Share this page

     

    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 ads and access premium resources

    Word of the day tenebrous
    Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
    adjective
    dark; shadowy or obscure