[ sis-ter-lee ]
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  1. of, like, or befitting a sister: sisterly affection.

  1. in the manner of a sister; as a sister.

Origin of sisterly

First recorded in 1560–70; sister + -ly

Other words from sisterly

  • sis·ter·li·ness, noun
  • un·sis·ter·ly, adjective

Words Nearby sisterly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sisterly in a sentence

  • She seemed this morning so kind and thoughtful and so sisterly in her conversation and so ready to assist in getting dinner.

    A California Girl | Edward Eldridge
  • It doesn't sound too sisterly a thing to me to forsake the young priestess if there is no jewel in it for her.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
  • Imagining a fall down some suddenly spied chasm of her nature, she had a sisterly feeling for the women named sinful.

  • But, somehow, he wanted to feel that sisterly grip of her hand and look down into those encouraging gray eyes.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for sisterly


/ (ˈsɪstəlɪ) /

  1. of, resembling, or suitable to a sister, esp in showing kindness and affection

Derived forms of sisterly

  • sisterliness, noun

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