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[sis-ter-lee] /ˈsɪs tər li/
of, like, or befitting a sister:
sisterly affection.
in the manner of a sister; as a sister.
Origin of sisterly
First recorded in 1560-70; sister + -ly
Related forms
sisterliness, noun
unsisterly, adjective Unabridged
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  • sisterly love, free solitude, unpraised creation, were to remain your most poignant joys.

    Emily Bront A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  • "And Peace is to whistle," put in the small cherub with sisterly loyalty.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Circumstances threw them much together and on terms of almost brotherly and sisterly intimacy.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • She moved up in a sisterly way to him and looked into his face.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • As for Helen, her feelings for her new friend partook of a motherly as well as of a sisterly character.

    Unlucky Caroline Austin
  • There was no question of kissing or in any way sealing her sisterly devotion.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • Their sisterly affection for each other could scarcely be exceeded.

    Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters William Austen-Leigh and Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh
British Dictionary definitions for sisterly


of, resembling, or suitable to a sister, esp in showing kindness and affection
Derived Forms
sisterliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sisterly

1560s, from sister + -ly (1). Related: Sisterliness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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