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.
Others have a 'clerkly scepticism' and deny that it is possible to accurately predict the world's end date.
Bartlett and Welford, we have been sitting down to-day in company with 'huge armfuls' of books that once were in Charles Lamb's embrace; his 'midnight darlings,' his ragged folios, full of original side-notes in his own 'clerkly hand' and the more careless chirography of Coleridge," wrote Lewis Gaylord Clarke in The Knickerbocker; or New-York Monthly Magazine; "How little did Elia anticipate such a destiny for his beloved books, which are here in precisely the state in which he possessed and left them!" (34) The "huge armfuls" and "midnight darlings" quoted here are from Lamb's essay, "New Year's Eve" and refer to his books.
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.
In this period he did operate among colleagues--that is, in a formal scriptorium or school or site of clerkly service.
Griffith's Intolerance (1916) to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), with their millennial sentiments and fetishizations of the pastoral, to European apocalyptic films, such as Weekend (Godard, 1967) and The Falls (Greenaway, 1980), which position the viewer in an on-going or recently completed apocalyptic crisis, one is advised to heed literary critic Frank Kermode's call for "clerkly skepticism" with regard to the apocalypse as a moment of "sense-making" made in his seminal book.
The recognition that fictions do not correspond completely or adequately to outer reality breeds what Kermode calls "clerkly scepticism," a term he coins because it was the medieval "Church [itself that] frowned on precise predictions of the End," which always failed to happen at the assigned date (10).