Definition of fatherly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfäT͟Hərlē/


Of, resembling, or characteristic of a father, especially in being protective and affectionate: he gave me such a kind and fatherly look
More example sentences
  • This is commendable because the children will continue to have fatherly care, protection and support.
  • Paul was taken aback by the fatherly protective instincts that seemed to well up from deep inside him.
  • He's being fatherly and affectionate, and I can tell she's soaking it up, so I won't join them.
paternal, fatherlike;
protective, supportive, encouraging, affectionate, caring, sympathetic, indulgent



Pronunciation: /ˈfäT͟Hərlēnəs/
Example sentences
  • It held the friendly fatherliness, the smooth steel of command.
  • These were not her people, and she was far from home, and no amount of fatherliness or motherliness could make it so.
  • As I was mulling over the fatherliness of the butler's smile, Sara had given a low throaty laugh, stepped up to Dayne, laced her red talons through his blond hair, and pressed her lips on his.

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Syllabification: fa·ther·ly

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