OTHER WORDS FROM sisterlysis·ter·li·ness, nounun·sis·ter·ly, adjective
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What does sisterly mean?
Sisterly is an adjective that most commonly means like a sister. It’s especially used in a positive way to describe someone as being loyal, supportive, and protective—like a good sister who loves and cares about you.
Describing someone as sisterly sometimes implies that they’re like an older sister who can give good advice.
Sisterly is most often used to describe sisters themselves and the sisterly things they do, but it can be applied to someone who’s not a sister, as in I don’t have a sister, but I always rely on Jane for sisterly support.
Sisterly can also be used as an adverb meaning in the manner of a sister.
Example: I’m lucky that my sisters and I have always shared a sisterly affection—we all support each other.
Where does sisterly come from?
The first records of the word sisterly come from the 1500s. The suffix -ly is often used to form adverbs, but in the case of the adjective sisterly it means “like” (i.e., like a sister).
The common meaning of sisterly is based not on any sister but on a good sister, one who is supportive and loyal. The phrase sisterly advice typically refers to advice that comes from experience and is intended to help you be the best you can be. Such advice can come from your actual sister or from a person who’s like a sister to you.
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What are some other forms related to sisterly?
- sisterliness (noun)
- unsisterly (adjective)
What are some synonyms for sisterly?
- sororally (when sisterly is used as an adverb)
What are some words that share a root or word element with sisterly?
What are some words that often get used in discussing sisterly?
How is sisterly used in real life?
Sisterly is usually used in a positive way to describe a woman or something she does as being like a good sister. It can be applied to sisters or people who are not sisters.
I can't wait to see my sisters tomorrow! I'm going to NY I need my sisterly love!!!!
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) November 1, 2010
It was amazing meeting you too @AlexandriaV2005 !
Im always here for big sisterly advice whenever you need it.
Here’s to the youth climate movement 🤩💪🏼! https://t.co/GzzfkqdPmb
— Jamie Margolin (@Jamie_Margolin) March 4, 2019
Waiting to go into a big sister mentorship volunteer interview. Wish more older women in the workplace would be more sisterly.
— Tanya L. (@nolahola81) March 29, 2011
Try using sisterly!
Which of the following actions could be described as sisterly?
A. giving you good advice
B. supporting you
C. cheering you on
D. all of the above
How to use sisterly in a sentence
These 45 seconds of sisterly affection would have changed Frozen.It’s A Good Thing This Scene Was Deleted From ‘Frozen’|Marina Watts|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mostly, though, it's about the transformative powers of true love, of both the sisterly and romantic kind.‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’|Kevin Fallon|November 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Everyone is judging everyone else, with unshakable sisterly affection.
The night before Jimmy first deployed, I accompanied him to a tattoo parlor for sisterly support.
I am sure youre a sight, she commented, with sisterly frankness; all doubled up and your forehead screwed into knots.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth
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.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
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