What does the word lowly mean?

Usage examples for lowly

  1. But Haydn soon removed her doubts by the pathetic and realistic account which he gave of his lowly origin and his struggles with poverty, and the countess ended by becoming his pupil and one of his warmest friends. – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  2. The lowly virtues are their pride. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  3. " Lowly of the Church, I trust you thought," she corrected him. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith