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OTHER WORDS FROM grandmotherlygrand·moth·er·li·ness, noun
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What does grandmotherly mean?
Grandmotherly is an adjective that most commonly means like a grandmother. It’s especially used in a positive way to describe someone as being kind, nurturing, and protective—like a good grandmother who loves and cares for her grandchild(ren).
Describing someone as grandmotherly often implies that they listen and give good advice—it’s perhaps most commonly used in the phrase grandmotherly advice.
Grandmotherly is most often used to describe grandmothers themselves, but it can be applied to someone who’s not a grandmother, as in After my grandmother died, I started relying on my Great Aunt Jane for grandmotherly support.
Example: Many of my most important life lessons came in the form of grandmotherly advice from my kindly Grandma Rose.
Where does grandmotherly come from?
The word grandmotherly has been used since at least the 1700s. The suffix -ly is often used to form adverbs, but in the case of grandmotherly it means “like” (i.e., like a grandmother).
The common meaning of grandmotherly is based not on any grandmother but on a good grandmother, one who is kind and supportive. The phrase grandmotherly 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 your actual grandmother or from someone who treats you in a grandmotherly way.
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How is grandmotherly used in real life?
Grandmotherly is usually used in a positive way to describe a woman or something she does as being like a good grandmother. It can be applied to grandmothers or people who are not grandmothers.
Grandmotherly advice: in life, as in knitting, there's no shame in starting over and trying again. Sometimes things work out better that way
— west i guess (@melodypanea) December 16, 2016
There’s a grandmotherly greeter at Sam’s Club who always says how gorgeous I am.
But I’m not gorgeous, and I’m sure she says it to many others- but it kind of makes me not dread shopping as much.
A reminder that compliments can be like a thin ray of sun on a cloudy day.
— Skjaldmaer (@Skjaldmaer1) October 29, 2020
Get some sound (and tough) grandmotherly advice in an extract from @SalleyVickers’ new novel #Grandmothers—an incredibly human and beautifully observed story of three elderly women’s relationships with each other and the younger generations @VikingBooksUK: https://t.co/ZSEMcV04rk pic.twitter.com/rYILxMfl6F
— Foyles Bookshop (@Foyles) November 9, 2019
Try using grandmotherly!
Which of the following actions could be described as grandmotherly?
A. giving you good advice
B. comforting you
C. cheering you on
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for grandmotherly
A warm, grandmotherly presence in a traditional lappa dress, she has been practicing at least since the 1970s.How a GOP Win Could Spell the End of Reproductive Health for Global Women|Michelle Goldberg|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Meantime, grandmotherly interference had better let it alone.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. III of IV|Charles L. Graves
He was said to have a grandmotherly appearance; that is why he received the former name.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
There are tears in her voice—simple, old-womanish, grandmotherly tears.The Old House and Other Tales|Feodor Sologub
He could no longer recall anything to mind in the presence of this grandmotherly face.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.|Guy de Maupassant
By this we mean motherly and grandmotherly affection, devotion to her family, and enthusiasm for all that is beautiful and noble.