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[gran-fah-th er-lee, grand-] /ˈgrænˌfɑ ðər li, ˈgrænd-/
of or characteristic of a grandfather.
Origin of grandfatherly
First recorded in 1815-25; grandfather + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for grandfatherly
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  • "I wish our grandfatherly minds had managed as well," said Jeff.

    Herland Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
  • Of course I know you didn't; this is only by way of a grandfatherly warning!

  • There is a kind of ludicrous unfitness in the idea of a time-stricken and grandfatherly lilac-bush.

  • Hawthorne felt a sort of "ludicrous unfitness in the idea of a time-stricken and grandfatherly Lilac bush."

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • We have never given either voice or vote for any form of injustice, however specious, or plausible, or grandfatherly.

    The Color Line William Benjamin Smith
  • His greeting was quiet and grandfatherly, and that of a man burdened with his own sad thoughts.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • My grandfatherly love and kisses to the Fairy Prattler and the meek boy.

    Biographia Epistolaris Volume 2 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • "I reckon this would be another clock," said the Gentle Shepherd, staring at a grandfatherly shape in the corner.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • Isn't it really amusing to see the grandfatherly concern that Bolton has for our cooking-stove?

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • I learned to milk when I was a shaver on my vacations at a grandfatherly farm.

British Dictionary definitions for grandfatherly


/ˈɡrænˌfɑːðəlɪ; ˈɡrænd-/
of, resembling, or suitable to a grandfather, esp in being kindly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandfatherly

1824, from grandfather + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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