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[gran-muhth-er-lee, grand-, gram-] /ˈgrænˌmʌð ər li, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-/
of or characteristic of a grandmother.
Origin of grandmotherly
First recorded in 1835-45; grandmother + -ly
Related forms
grandmotherliness, noun Unabridged
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  • Marta's grandmotherly gaze fancied it detected a twist in the boy's neatly tied cravat.

  • He was said to have a grandmotherly appearance; that is why he received the former name.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • There are tears in her voice—simple, old-womanish, grandmotherly tears.

  • She had put on her best company manner and grandmotherly speech.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Wasn't it too funny, the kind of grandmotherly view of their relation shown in their always being put together?

    The Sacred Fount Henry James
  • Might not he—related, yet free of grandmotherly tyranny—somehow be able to help?

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Long rafters and short posts gave them a quaint, short-waisted, grandmotherly look.

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • She set her cob basket on the floor, put the stove lid over the roaring fire, and turned to Jack with grandmotherly delight.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • Meantime, grandmotherly interference had better let it alone.

British Dictionary definitions for grandmotherly


/ˈɡrænˌmʌðəlɪ; ˈɡrænd-/
of, resembling, or suitable to a grandmother, esp in being protective, indulgent, or solicitous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for grandmotherly

1842, from grandmother + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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