Synonyms of kindly in English:



  • the children were adopted by a kindly old lady he smiled in a kindly manner
    benevolent, kind, kind-hearted, warm-hearted, generous, good-natured, humane; gentle, warm, mild, compassionate, caring, tender-hearted, soft-hearted, tender, loving, loving and giving, motherly, fatherly, benign, mellow, well meaning, genial; 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

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  • 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

    she does not take kindly to criticismresentdislikeobject totake umbrage attake exception tobe offended bytake offence atbe annoyed/irritated bybe displeased bybe affronted byfeel aggrieved abouttake something amissbe upset bybe put out by informalbe miffed at

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