adjective \ˈpān-tər-lē\

: typical of painters

: suggesting a painting : made in a way that reminds you of a painting

Full Definition of PAINTERLY

:  of, relating to, or typical of a painter :  artistic <painterly attention to detail>
:  suggestive or characteristic of a painting or of the art of painting <painterly photography>; especially :  marked by an openness of form which is not linear and in which sharp outlines are lacking <painterly brushwork>
paint·er·li·ness noun

Examples of PAINTERLY

  1. He has a painterly eye.
  2. a painterly picture of the sea

First Known Use of PAINTERLY

circa 1586


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