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 ?
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.
Why, it is written in the French tongue," said Alleyne, "and in a right clerkly hand.
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.
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.
In the Archpriest's poetic world, both the rromano and the Greek provide models for the clerkly poet, and the exemplum is not only a cautionary tale about the ambiguity of signs, but also a manifesto about exercitatio.
the independent authority of bonae litterae represents a separate space for learning that is neither clerkly, academic, legal nor medical.
Presently the messenger returned with a tall man of clerkly appearance.
In the verse love epistle genre, then, material and intellectual practices from diverse social spheres are knit together: from the rules governing Latin prose composition--and the pedagogical and clerkly spheres in which those rules were learned and practiced--to the fashions that influenced Middle English lyric forms--and the courtly realms in which those forms proliferated.
Here he shows the audience how an amateur JP is bound and tagged to his legal clerkly counsel, who has the lists of prisoners in jail awaiting trial before the grand and petty juries, those who have been remanded, the persons prosecuting, and possible witnesses.
The second concept, also extensively discussed by scholars, relates to ways in which the works by Christine and Labe speak simultaneously within and against the dominant discursive models of their times--courtly lyricism and clerkly erudition in the case of Christine; Petrarchism colored by Neoplatonic and Ovidian influences for Labe.