fa·​ther·​ly | \ ˈfä-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce fatherly (audio) \

Definition of fatherly

1 : of, relating to, or befitting a father fatherly responsibilities
2 : resembling a father (as in affection or care) a fatherly old man

Other Words from fatherly

fatherliness \ ˈfä-​t͟hər-​lē-​nəs How to pronounce fatherly (audio) \ noun
fatherly adverb

Examples of fatherly in a Sentence

He took a fatherly interest in the careers of younger writers.
Recent Examples on the Web YouTube series and Bo Petterson's DadAdviceFromBo on TikTok, who provide fatherly advice, how-to instructions, moral support and dad jokes. Faith Karimi, CNN, 19 June 2022 His stepfather, Troy Rambo, who Tyrone Sanders credits, along with his grandfather, as being one of his fatherly roles, came into his life three years after his mother and biological father divorced. Scott Talley, Freep.com, 19 June 2022 Every year since then my fatherly pride has grown substantially watching my beautiful daughters grow. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 18 June 2022 At the feather-light conclusion of the second movement, the uninvited melody of a ringtone cried out, and the whole hall cringed as Goodyear cast a look of fatherly disappointment over the rows. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Luckily, the unexpected downtime has offered Watson a chance to catch up on some fatherly duties, such as building a playpen for his daughter's bunny. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2022 McGraw faced those fatherly feelings even early on in prep. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 The Mooch put a fatherly hand on Mr. Bankman-Fried’s shoulder. New York Times, 14 May 2022 Male chimps at West African sites have also been seen adopting the dependent young of a deceased or missing parent, a shouldering of fatherly duty at odds with newborn killings witnessed elsewhere. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fatherly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fatherly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatherly. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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fa·​ther·​ly | \ ˈfä-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce fatherly (audio) \

Kids Definition of fatherly

: of or like a father He gave me fatherly advice.

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