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What does brotherly mean?
Brotherly is an adjective that most commonly means like a brother. It’s especially used in a positive way to describe someone as being loyal, supportive, and protective—like a good brother who loves and cares about you.
Describing someone as brotherly sometimes implies that they’re like an older brother who can give good advice.
The word fraternal can be used to mean the same thing, but it can also be used in a more neutral way that doesn’t imply these positive things.
Brotherly is most often used to describe brothers themselves and the brotherly things they do, but it can be applied to someone who’s not a brother, as in I don’t have a brother, but I always rely on Joe for brotherly support.
It’s sometimes used in a more general way to describe behavior based on treating others with respect and affection, as if they were family members. The word neighborly is similar.
Brotherly can also be used as an adverb meaning in the manner of a brother.
Example: I’m lucky that my brothers and I have always shared a brotherly affection—we all support each other.
Where does brotherly come from?
The first records of the word brotherly come from before 1000. The suffix -ly is often used to form adverbs, but in the case of the adjective brotherly it means “like” (i.e., like a brother).
The common meaning of brotherly is based not on any brother but on a good brother, one who is supportive and loyal. The phrase brotherly advice typically refers to advice that comes from experience and is intended to help you be the best you can be. Such advice can come from your actual brother or from a person who’s like a brother to you.
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What are some other forms related to brotherly?
- brotherliness (noun)
- unbrotherly (adjective)
What are some synonyms for brotherly?
- fraternally (when brotherly is used as an adverb)
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What are some words that often get used in discussing brotherly?
How is brotherly used in real life?
Brotherly is usually used in a positive way to describe a man or something he does as being like a good brother. It can be applied to brothers or people who are not brothers.
I wish my brothers would be more 'brotherly'. Our whole childhood was spent arguing, trying to outdo eachother. Tensions are still there 😕
— Very British Mrs 💞 (@VeryBritishMrs) June 12, 2016
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— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) October 31, 2020
Mike sent me a good luck text before work. That was brotherly of him c':
— Candy Hart (@mrs_candyhart) April 20, 2011
Try using brotherly!
Which of the following actions could be described as brotherly?
A. giving you good advice
B. supporting you
C. cheering you on
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for brotherly
But brotherly love among enemy combatants was not something that the high command encouraged.
Bill Cosby was born July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.
In a morning filled with brotherly love and jocularity over how everyone was getting along so well, no one wanted to offend.At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’|Eleanor Clift|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The City of Brotherly Love is closer to earning its moniker.The Year in Murder: 2013 Marks a Historic Low for Many Cities|Brandy Zadrozny|January 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One might question whether the bakers are acting in true and brotherly solidarity.
For if there is one God, there is one brotherhood, and all humanity can only be linked to that God by brotherly love.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
I made thy fortune along with my own in the days when we shared all things in brotherly community.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
We spent the night in equally brotherly fashion, our beds being spread out for us side by side on the floor of the room.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
Then I learned to know that which I felt was not a mere brotherly affection, but a deep love.The Cornet of Horse|G. A. Henty
There were messages of brotherly interest and solicitude just as in the old days.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh