Knightly vs Unknightly - What's the difference?

knightly | unknightly |

As adjectives the difference between knightly and unknightly

is that knightly is of or pertaining to a knight or knights while unknightly is not knightly; ungallant.

As an adverb knightly

is in the manner of a knight; chivalrously.




  • Of or pertaining to a knight or knights.
  • * Spenser
  • For knightly jousts and fierce encounters fit.
  • Befitting a knight; formally courteous (as a knight); chivalrous, gallant and courtly.
  • knightly combat

    Derived terms

    * (l)


    (en adverb)
  • In the manner of a knight; chivalrously.
  • *:
  • *:Syr said Palomydes ye shalle haue myn aduyse to be ageynst Kynge Arthur as to morne for on his party wille be syre Launcelot and many good knyghtes of his blood with hym / And the moo men of worship that they be / the more worship we shalle we wynne / That is full knyghtely spoken said sir Tristram / and ryght soo as ye counceile me / soo wille we doo
  • unknightly



    (en adjective)
  • Not knightly; ungallant.