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[kuhz-uh n-lee]
  1. like or befitting a cousin.
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Origin of cousinly

First recorded in 1805–15; cousin + -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cousinly

Historical Examples

  • Still, I could leave it once in a while to make a cousinly call.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • And everybody knows that there is nothing worse than a cousinly quarrel.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • "I do not think it is quite kind and cousinly," she said, rather seriously.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • Altogether, their conversation got very close and affectionate and cousinly.

  • On the other hand the Yankees have for the Jews a cousinly feeling.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross