[gran-fah-th er-lee, grand-]


of or characteristic of a grandfather.

Origin of grandfatherly

First recorded in 1815–25; grandfather + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grandfatherly

Historical Examples of grandfatherly

  • "I wish our grandfatherly minds had managed as well," said Jeff.


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • Of course I know you didn't; this is only by way of a grandfatherly warning!

  • There is a kind of ludicrous unfitness in the idea of a time-stricken and grandfatherly lilac-bush.

  • Hawthorne felt a sort of "ludicrous unfitness in the idea of a time-stricken and grandfatherly Lilac bush."

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

  • We have never given either voice or vote for any form of injustice, however specious, or plausible, or grandfatherly.

    The Color Line

    William Benjamin Smith

British Dictionary definitions for grandfatherly



of, resembling, or suitable to a grandfather, esp in being kindly
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Word Origin and History for grandfatherly

1824, from grandfather + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper