Definition of motherly in English:

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motherly

Pronunciation: /ˈməT͟Hərlē/

adjective

Of, resembling, or characteristic of a mother, especially in being caring, protective, and kind: she held both her arms wide in a gesture of motherly love
More example sentences
  • Beth is distant and cold to Conrad, unable to show him the type of motherly love he needs and desires.
  • His is a tale of jealousy, envy and treachery, but also of motherly love, shrewdness and adventure.
  • Anna placed a comforting, motherly hand on her shoulder, making her look up.
Synonyms

Derivatives

motherliness

Pronunciation: /ˈməT͟Hərlēnəs/
noun
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).

Words that rhyme with motherly

brotherly, southerly, unbrotherly

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: moth·er·ly

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