Definition of motherly in English:

motherly

Syllabification: moth·er·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈməT͟Hərlē
 
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adjective

Derivatives

motherliness

noun
More example sentences
  • She nearly always loses her traditionally feminine characteristics in so doing - not those of attractiveness, but rather of kindness, humaneness, motherliness.
  • The solemnity of the story is relieved by the humour of the rustic travellers at the Rainbow Inn, and the genial motherliness of Dolly Winthrop, who befriends Silas.
  • It isn't their sex that singles them out as oddities; it's their dangerous beliefs tacked on to their wholesome-as-apple-pie motherliness.

Origin

Old English mōdorlic (see mother, -ly1).

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