kindly Definition

  • 1in a kind manner
  • 2with sympathetic or helpful kindness
  • 3willingly; readily

Using kindly: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "kindly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She kindly offered to help me with my homework.

  • Example

    Would you kindly pass me the salt?

  • Example

    He spoke kindly to the old lady.

  • Example

    She looked at him kindly.

kindly Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with kindly

  • used to politely draw attention to a particular point


    Kindly note that the meeting has been rescheduled to next week.

  • a polite message reminding someone of something


    This is a kindly reminder that your rent is due on the first of the month.

  • a friendly and welcoming facial expression


    The kindly face of the librarian put the children at ease.

Origins of kindly

from Middle English 'kyndely', meaning 'naturally, fitly, courteously'


Summary: kindly in Brief

The adverb 'kindly' [ˈkaɪndli] denotes a manner of acting in a kind, sympathetic, or helpful way. It can also mean willingly or readily. Common phrases include 'kindly note' and 'kindly reminder,' used to politely draw attention to a point or remind someone of something. 'Kindly face' refers to a friendly and welcoming facial expression.

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