fatherly

adjective fa·ther·ly \ ˈfä-t͟hər-lē \
Updated on: 2 May 2018

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

fatherliness

play \ˈfä-t͟hər-lē-nəs\ noun

fatherly

adverb

Examples of fatherly in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of fatherly

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FATHERLY Defined for English Language Learners

fatherly

Definition of fatherly for English Language Learners

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


FATHERLY Defined for Kids

fatherly

adjective fa·ther·ly \ ˈfä-t͟hər-lē \

Definition of fatherly for Students

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

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