Origin of fatherly
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OTHER WORDS FROM fatherlyfa·ther·li·ness, nounpseu·do·fa·ther·ly, adverbun·fa·ther·ly, adjective
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What does fatherly mean?
Fatherly is an adjective that most commonly means like a father. It’s especially used in a positive way to describe someone as being kind, nurturing, and protective—like a good father who loves and cares for his child(ren).
Describing someone as fatherly often implies that they listen and give good advice—it’s perhaps most commonly used in the phrase fatherly advice.
The word paternal 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, and the same is true of the word parental (which can be used regardless of the parent’s gender).
Sometimes, fatherly means of or suitable for a father, as in fatherly instincts.
Fatherly is most often used to describe fathers themselves, but it can be applied to someone who’s not a father, as in After my dad died, I started relying on Joe for fatherly support.
Fatherly was once used as an adverb meaning in the manner of a father, but this is no longer common.
Fatherly is one of many similar adjectives based on family relations, including motherly, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, brotherly, and sisterly.
Example: When my stepdad first moved in with us, I could tell that he was trying really hard to be fatherly, and it showed me that he cared.
Where does fatherly come from?
The first records of the word fatherly come from before 1000. The suffix -ly is often used to form adverbs, but in the case of fatherly it means “like” (i.e., like a father).
The common meaning of fatherly is based not on any father but on a good father, one who is nurturing and compassionate. The phrase fatherly advice typically refers to advice that’s wise, comes from experience, and is intended to help you be the best you can be. Such advice can come from one’s actual father or from a father figure.
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What are some other forms related to fatherly?
- fatherliness (noun)
- unfatherly (adjective)
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How is fatherly used in real life?
Fatherly is usually used in a positive way to describe a man or something he does as being like a good father. It can be applied to fathers or people who are not fathers.
Wonderful letter, the best of fatherly advice. https://t.co/ELVRjXUjez
— Laura Noble (@lauraannnoble) October 29, 2020
Finally got the fatherly counsel I was looking for… Albeit from an older friend. I'm happy again :o). Surround yourself with good people
— Ofimbunedu (@MaxFlynt) July 17, 2010
A couple of my male friends are having boys lol I can’t wait to see them be fatherly
— Des💙 (@DEStalkmorehead) August 28, 2020
Try using fatherly!
Which of the following actions could be described as fatherly?
A. giving you good advice
B. comforting you
C. cheering you on
D. all of the above
How to use fatherly in a sentence
He went on to star in a long series of humorous television commercials, write best-selling books dispensing fatherly advice and headline other TV shows.Bill Cosby released from prison after sexual assault conviction is vacated by Pennsylvania Supreme Court|Sonia Rao, Paul Farhi, Manuel Roig-Franzia|June 30, 2021|Washington Post
The child of a single mother, Hoffman says the man “became the fatherly figure in my life.”Service Members Sue Defense Secretary Over Alleged Military Rapes|Jesse Ellison|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Even in confrontational moments, he was never contemptuous, taking on instead a tone of fatherly rebuke.Former Cop Edward Conlon on What He Learned About Profiling|Edward Conlon|April 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Were there aspects of his directing that felt fatherly or did that impact his work in any way?The Damsels in ‘Damsels in Distress’ Discuss the Film, Director Whit Stillman, and Women in Films|Geoff Berkshire|April 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Did you ever get all fatherly and give Michael Fassbender or any of her other boyfriends a hard time?Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Black & White’ Album|Marlow Stern|August 30, 2011|DAILY BEAST
A Friend of the Familyby Lauren Grodstein A gripping, elegant account of fatherly love and suburban sanctity gone awry.This Week's Hot Reads|The Daily Beast|November 17, 2009|DAILY BEAST
He was quite fatherly to me and took a great deal of trouble in teaching me my work.
In me he always showed a fatherly interest, and sometimes chided me for talking too freely and writing too much.
Was not this a blasphemy against the fatherly goodness of the Creator,—a base desertion of the cause of the disinherited?
President de Thou paid his godson a visit during which he showed himself most fatherly.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
"I shall consider it no trouble at all, my dear child," he returned, giving her a fatherly smile.Elsie's Vacation and After Events|Martha Finley