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  1. of, like, or befitting a sister: sisterly affection.
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  1. in the manner of a sister; as a sister.
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Origin of sisterly

First recorded in 1560–70; sister + -ly
Related formssis·ter·li·ness, nounun·sis·ter·ly, adjective
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Related Words for sisterly

sorority, unity, sodality, friendship, amatory, amorous, ardent, brotherly, doting, enamored, erotic, fervent, fervid, impassioned, indulgent, loving, tender, warm, anacreontic, overindulgent

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Contemporary Examples of sisterly

Historical Examples of sisterly

  • Because you are the best, the most consoling, the most sisterly of beings.

  • Why could he not be content with the sisterly regard she had ever felt toward him?

    The Elm Tree Tales

    F. Irene Burge Smith

  • There was no question of kissing or in any way sealing her sisterly devotion.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It had such a sisterly sound coming from this sweet creature.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

  • That makes her grin a little, and she pats my hand kind of sisterly like.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for sisterly


  1. of, resembling, or suitable to a sister, esp in showing kindness and affection
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Derived Formssisterliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sisterly


1560s, from sister + -ly (1). Related: Sisterliness.

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