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

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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 Like Blanca, Rodriguez has a distinctively motherly aura, at once warm and tough. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, "How Mj Rodriguez of ‘Pose’ became the leading lady of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’," 25 Sep. 2019 Caught in the collateral damage was Janet Carbin, as Elizabeth and Missy actively used Janet’s moral code against her and manipulated her motherly instincts for their own strategic gains by getting Janet to vote against Dan due to their ruse. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "'Deeply ashamed' Elizabeth and Missy apologize for actions on Survivor," 15 Nov. 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 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

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Motherly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motherly. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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motherly

adjective
How to pronounce motherly (audio)

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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