“Diana did love him in a motherly way,” said a friend of the singer.
Nonetheless, she saw years earlier that her eldest daughter had the motherly itch.
Inevitably, poor Kate is getting binders full of advice and motherly reminiscence.
Old English modorlic "pertaining to a mother;" see mother (n.1) + -ly (1). Meaning "befitting a mother" is from mid-13c. Related: Motherliness.