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

Other Words from motherly

motherliness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web RuPaul really mastered the art of hosting: genuine, off the cuff, hilarious and motherly. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 There's romance with Hamlet, naturally, but also a deeper, motherly relationship with Queen Gertrude. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Breast milk is revered as the ideal food for newborns and a sign of motherly nurture. Sushma Subramanian, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 However, instead of reliving his days as a high-scoring defenseman and captain for a team in Finland, McCrimmon wanted to make known the role motherly influences have played in his life. Scott Talley,, 7 May 2022 The annual celebration of moms and all motherly types comes on the second Sunday of May, and there are always plenty of ways to express your gratitude for those maternal figures in your life. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 That unconditional motherly love is one of the main reasons to spoil our moms this upcoming Mother’s Day. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Her satisfaction, naturally rooted in motherly pride, included a distinctive element — because Paolo Banchero also counts as her star pupil, in a sense. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2022 Among them were Sylvia Rivera, herself an important figure in New York’s transgender history, who stayed with Ms. Moore for more than a decade, taking on a motherly role by doling out wisdom, advice and loans to other residents. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of motherly

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

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3 Jul 2022

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“Motherly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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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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