motherly

adjective

moth·​er·​ly ˈmə-t͟hər-lē How to pronounce motherly (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother
motherly advice
2
: resembling a mother : maternal
motherliness noun

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Motherly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motherly. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

motherly

adjective
moth·​er·​ly ˈmət͟h-ər-lē How to pronounce motherly (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a mother
motherly affection
2
: resembling a mother
motherliness noun

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