adjective \-lē\

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

Full Definition of MOTHERLY

:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother <motherly advice>
:  resembling a mother :  maternal
moth·er·li·ness noun

Examples of MOTHERLY

  1. She took her motherly duties very seriously.
  2. <she showed a sweet motherly tenderness toward the tiny kitten she was taking care of>

First Known Use of MOTHERLY

before 12th century

Rhymes with MOTHERLY


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