[ kuhz-uhn-lee ]

  1. like or befitting a cousin.

Origin of cousinly

First recorded in 1805–15; cousin + -ly

Words Nearby cousinly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cousinly in a sentence

  • It was only then that, turning the letters over, it occurred to him to doubt if the second was a cousinly salutation.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • "You must think whether you have compensation," said the lady, and he received it in a cousinly squeeze of his hand.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete | George Meredith
  • For the cousinly affection of two years ago, had in both of them merged into deep intense love, which ended only with their lives.

    Peak's Island | Ford Paul
  • For Kitty instead of showing any proper, cousinly enthusiasm was looking at him with a frown of petulant vexation.

    The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Now Kitty Hampton should have an opportunity to prove that cousinly affection of which she was always assuring him.

    The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow