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Knightly

Knightly \Knight`ly\, a. [AS. cnihtlic boyish.] Of or pertaining to a knight; becoming a knight; chivalrous; as, a knightly combat; a knightly spirit.

For knightly jousts and fierce encounters fit.
--Spenser.

[Excuses] full knightly without scorn.
--Tennyson.

Knightly

Knightly \Knight"ly\, adv. In a manner becoming a knight.

And why thou comest thus knightly clad in arms.
--Shak.

WordNet

knightly

  1. adj. characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages; "chivalric rites"; "the knightly years" [syn: chivalric, medieval]

  2. having the qualities of gallantry attributed to an ideal knight [syn: chivalrous, gallant]

Wiktionary

knightly

a. 1 Of or pertaining to a knight or knights. 2 Befitting a knight; formally courteous (as a knight); chivalrous, gallant and courtly. adv. In the manner of a knight; chivalrously.

Wikipedia

Knightly

Knightly may refer to:

  • Knight or knighthood
  • Knightly Piety
  • the surname Knightley
  • Knightley, Staffordshire
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

knightly

Old English cnihtlic; see knight (n.) + -ly (1).

Usage examples of "knightly".

I have seen Frenchmen fight both in open field, in the intaking and the defending of towns or castlewicks, in escalados, camisades, night forays, bushments, sallies, outfalls, and knightly spear-runnings.

Dorotea, imploring with knightly and errantly words that her highness be so kind as to give him leave to succor and minister to the castellan of that castle, who had come to a most grievous pass.

A particularly violent and sacrilegious curse occurred to Gell, but his knightly decorum kept him from speaking it aloud.

The walls gleamed pale with knightly harness, habergeons gaping for heads, breastplates of blue steel, halbert, and hand-axe, greaves, glaives, boar-spears, and polished spurfixed heel-pieces.

Folly, Joconde, these garments pied thou hast dignified by thy very manhood, so are they dearer to me than lordly tire or knightly armour.

While the osprey and the white-bellied sea-eagle fall out and chide and fight, it looks down from some superior height and placidly watches the fish trap, for though knightly it is not above accepting tribute, for it likes fish though it hates fishing.

Smoke, that could not check its furious pace, leapt over them, as a horse leaps a-hunting: How he would not ride down Lozelle, but dismounted to finish the fray in knightly fashion, and, being shieldless, received the full weight of the great sword upon his mail, so that he staggered back and would have fallen had he not struck against the horse.

Blake found himself rapidly acquiring a certain proficiency in knightly arts under the wise tutorage of Sir Richard.

As the days passed Blake found himself rapidly acquiring a certain proficiency in knightly arts under the wise tutorage of Sir Richard.

Corineus would call that unknightly, but happily I have no knightly code to live up to.

It was this quality, high and consecrate, as of a palmer with his vow, this knightly valiance, this constant San Greal quest after the lofty in character and aim, this passion for Good and Love, which fellows him rather with Milton and Ruskin than with the less sturdily built poets of his day, and which puts him in sharpest contrast with the school led by Swinburne -- with Rossetti and Morris as his followers hard after him -- a school whose reed has a short gamut, and plays but two notes, Mors and Eros, hopeless death and lawless love.

The ballium, or outer court, which lay between the inner and outer walls of the castle and entirely surrounded it, was, upon the north or valley side, given over entirely to knightly practice and training.

Her virgin fancy demands the Tennysonian ideal, the grave and knightly Arthur.

It is a most knightly largesse, and yet withouten money how can man rise?

I have seen Frenchmen fight both in open field, in the intaking and the defending of towns or castlewicks, in escalados, camisades, night forays, bushments, sallies, outfalls, and knightly spear-runnings.