from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a stately manner.

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  • adverb In a stately manner.

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  • adverb In a stately manner.


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stately +‎ -ly


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  • It passed statelily up the staircase, steered by an umbrella, a solemn beardframed face.

    Ulysses 2003

  • We feel quite humiliated on our lonely ferry-boat as these leviathans of nautical architecture sweep past us with an imperious curve far out into the stream, and then move steadily and statelily down the middle of the river, like an "ugly duckling" of mammoth proportions.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885 Various

  • She sat up statelily, aware that she looked well in her new frock with the fine lace collar she had extravagantly purchased the day before, and her leghorn bonnet with its real ostrich feather, which was becoming in the extreme.

    Marcia Schuyler Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

  • She sat down on a sofa near her father, and bowing statelily to Colonel Vaughan, said, --

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale

  • Senators, two and two, with short black cloaks, white bands, and gold-tipped staves, trod statelily towards the church.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860 Various

  • Followed a solo dance by Ravinski in which he gave full vent to the anguish of the bereft lover, while now and again the swan swam statelily by him.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler

  • Luckily, a fresh arrival took their attention off me for a minute or two, and while I was standing aside to admire the lady, who should come statelily down the grand staircase into the hall but Dot

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough

  • I know I shall not be able to describe this trait, yet when I look up into her eyes -- eyes, remember, which are mere fictions of my imagination -- when I look into her face, when I see her move so statelily into my presence, I recognize there that portion of her which she has inherited from the Aphrodite of other days; and this I know is beauty.

    Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z Various

  • "He has never called on me," returned Aunt Charlotte, statelily.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour

  • "The Padrone jests," said Jackeymo, statelily, "as if any one could starve in his service."

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851 Various


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  • A man bored with being a channel marker came and touched her elbow, and statelily she turned, leaving Bech her emanations, like an astronomer flooded by radio waves from a blank part of the sky.

    --John Updike, 1970, Bech: a Book, p. 160

    June 3, 2013