adj. clerk·li·er, clerk·li·est
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a clerk.
2. Archaic Scholarly.

clerk′li·ness n.


adj, -lier or -liest
1. of or like a clerk
2. (Historical Terms) obsolete learned
obsolete in the manner of a clerk
ˈclerkliness n


(ˈklɜrk li; Brit. ˈklɑrk li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a clerk.
2. Archaic. scholarly.
3. in the manner of a clerk.
clerk′li•ness, n.
References in classic literature ?
Wickfield, to the scene of my future studies - a grave building in a courtyard, with a learned air about it that seemed very well suited to the stray rooks and jackdaws who came down from the Cathedral towers to walk with a clerkly bearing on the grass-plot - and was introduced to my new master, Doctor Strong.
Why, it is written in the French tongue," said Alleyne, "and in a right clerkly hand.
Tim Linkinwater condescended, after much entreaty and brow-beating, to accept a share in the house; but he could never be prevailed upon to suffer the publication of his name as a partner, and always persisted in the punctual and regular discharge of his clerkly duties.
There is yet, in the Temple, something of a clerkly monkish atmosphere, which public offices of law have not disturbed, and even legal firms have failed to scare away.
If it had not been for those infallible figures which proved that Arthur, instead of pining in imprisonment, ought to be promenading in a carriage and pair, and that Mr Pancks, instead of being restricted to his clerkly wages, ought to have from three to five thousand pounds of his own at his immediate disposal, that unhappy arithmetician would probably have taken to his bed, and there have made one of the many obscure persons who turned their faces to the wall and died, as a last sacrifice to the late Mr Merdle's greatness.
Mr Boffin having been several times in communication with this clerkly essence, both on its own ground and at the Bower, had no difficulty in identifying it when he saw it up in its dusty eyrie.
Presently the messenger returned with a tall man of clerkly appearance.
It also helps make clear what city-dwelling Kerouac and Ginsberg might have been so strongly attracted to: "The dead society was urban, its culture the pleasure of a clerkly caste.
mocks the clerkly Baldock for "saying 'truly, an't may please your honour,'" for wearing "a black coat and a little band," for "saying a long grace at a table's end," and for "looking downward with [his] eyelids close" (2.
It is unlikely that terms like `computer-guru', `code-wrangler' or `programmer' would appear anywhere in a lexicon of Clerkly descriptors.
With a brusque dismissive manner, his eyes pinpointed behind clerkly spectacles on a narrow and humorless face, Carr at any rate became one of the "cold radiator types" whom Cyril Connolly believed to be a speciality of Cambridge.
51) Even more unsavory than Wallas knew, of course, was the greater irony of Shaw's insistent advice to Wells about marking one's competence by observing meeting rules of order when his own more effective strategy was to subvert them to perform his own powerful personality, pitting it against what he would later term Wells' clerkly self.