Kindly vs Kindlily - What's the difference?

kindly | kindlily |

As adverbs the difference between kindly and kindlily

is that kindly is in a kind manner, out of kindness while kindlily is in a kindly manner.

As an adjective kindly

is having a kind personality.




  • Having a kind personality.
  • A kindly old man sits on the park bench every afternoon feeding pigeons.
  • * Tennyson
  • The shade by which my life was crossed has made me kindly with my kind.
  • (obsolete) Favourable; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • In soft silence shed the kindly shower.
  • * Wordsworth
  • should e'er a kindlier time ensue
  • (obsolete) natural
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • the kindly fruits of the earth
  • * Spenser
  • an herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting
  • * L. Andrews
  • Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men.


    (en adverb)
  • In a kind manner, out of kindness.
  • He kindly offered to take us to the station in his car.
  • * 1900 , L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
  • She was both beautiful and young to their eyes. Her hair was a rich red in color and fell in flowing ringlets over her shoulders. Her dress was pure white but her eyes were blue, and they looked kindly upon the little girl.
  • in a favourable way.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 29 , author=Neil Johnston , title=Norwich 3 - 3 Blackburn , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Aguero was quick to block Hennessey's attempted clearance and the ball bounced kindly to Dzeko, who had the simplest of tasks to put City ahead.}}
  • Please; (used to make a polite request).
  • Kindly refrain from walking on the grass.
    Kindly move your car out of the front yard.
  • (US) With kind acceptance; .
  • I don't take kindly to threats.
    Aunt Daisy didn't take it kindly when we forgot her anniversary.

    Usage notes

    * (please) Kindly is used in a slightly more peremptory way than please. It is generally used to introduce a request with which the person addressed is expected to comply, and takes the edge off what would otherwise be a command. * (with kind acceptance) This sense is a ; it is usually found in questions and negative statements, as in the above example sentences.


    * (in a kind manner) thoughtfully * (used to make polite requests) be so kind as to, please




    (en adverb)
  • In a kindly manner.
  • * 1859 , John Edmund Reade, Wait and hope
  • He is also irritated in vain ; for, whenever did prohibition fall kindlily on the young author's ear? — how then could it be made grateful to the old ?