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[gran-muhth-er-lee, grand-, gram-] /ˈgrænˌmʌð ər li, ˈgrænd-, ˈgræm-/
of or characteristic of a grandmother.
Origin of grandmotherly
1835-45; grandmother + -ly
Related forms
grandmotherliness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for grandmotherly
  • The latter are mainly bored grandmotherly types or retirees.
  • For there are two complications to this happy picture of grandmotherly kitchens and culinary rootedness.
  • Worn right with the appropriate accessories, they do not look dowry or grandmotherly at all, in my view.
  • Nearby, a grandmotherly peasant with gold teeth stood over a pile of shriveled red peppers.
  • The house-a cozy place redolent of heady, grandmotherly smells-is a piece of living history.
  • In true grandmotherly fashion, she has a plan to warm everyone's heart.
British Dictionary definitions for grandmotherly


/ˈɡrænˌmʌðəlɪ; ˈɡrænd-/
of, resembling, or suitable to a grandmother, esp in being protective, indulgent, or solicitous
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Word Origin and History for grandmotherly

1842, from grandmother + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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