motherly

[ muhth-er-lee ]
/ ˈmʌð ər li /

adjective

pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a mother; maternal: motherly solicitude.
like a mother: to take a motherly interest in an orphan.

adverb

in the manner of a mother.

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Origin of motherly

First recorded before 1000; Middle English moderly,Old English mōdorlīc.See mother1, -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM motherly

moth·er·li·ness, nounun·moth·er·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for motherly

motherly
/ (ˈmʌðəlɪ) /

adjective

of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness

Derived forms of motherly

motherliness, noun
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