motherly

adjective
moth·​er·​ly | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce motherly (audio) \

Definition of motherly

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother motherly advice
2 : resembling a mother : maternal

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Other Words from motherly

motherliness noun

Synonyms for motherly

Synonyms

maternal, mother

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Examples of motherly in a Sentence

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

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And offering that child a cool washcloth is a tender and empowering bit of motherly medicine. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Generous friend is overwhelmed by ‘gimmes’," 23 June 2019 And offering that child a cool washcloth is a tender and empowering bit of motherly medicine. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Generous friend is overwhelmed by ‘gimmes’," 23 June 2019 To channel the spirit of motherly-too-muchness, the Zakars have shrewdly cast Vince Kelley to play — in delicious drag — their mom. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: 5 things to know about ‘Pray The Gay Away'," 24 Aug. 2019 Add to the mix a freckled urchin of a son, Opie; motherly Aunt Bee; and the bumbling deputy Barney Fife, and CBS had a wholesome hit with a refreshing lack of controversy. Sara K. Eskridge, Houston Chronicle, "Why Americans love Mayberry," 19 Aug. 2019 Like McCain, Ivanka Trump has perfected motherly concern on the world’s stage, building her #WomenWhoWork brand with all the precision of a Pinterest algorithm. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "White Mom’s Burden," 25 June 2019 And offering that child a cool washcloth is a tender and empowering bit of motherly medicine. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Generous friend is overwhelmed by “gimmes”," 24 June 2019 And offering that child a cool washcloth is a tender and empowering bit of motherly medicine. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: We’re exhausted by this little boy’s demands for gifts," 24 June 2019 And offering that child a cool washcloth is a tender and empowering bit of motherly medicine. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Generous friend is overwhelmed by ‘gimmes’," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of motherly

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

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The first known use of motherly was before the 12th century

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motherly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of motherly

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

motherly

adjective
moth·​er·​ly | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce motherly (audio) \

Kids Definition of motherly

1 : of or characteristic of a mother motherly affection
2 : like a mother a motherly nurse

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