adjective \ˈfä-thər-lē\

: of a father : resembling a father : showing the affection or concern of a father

Full Definition of FATHERLY

:  of, relating to, or befitting a father <fatherly responsibilities>
:  resembling a father (as in affection or care) <a fatherly old man>
fa·ther·li·ness \-lē-nəs\ noun
fatherly adverb

Examples of FATHERLY

  1. He took a fatherly interest in the careers of younger writers.

First Known Use of FATHERLY

15th century


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