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motherly

[muhth -er-lee] /ˈmʌð ər li/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a mother; maternal:
motherly solicitude.
2.
like a mother:
to take a motherly interest in an orphan.
adverb
3.
in the manner of a mother.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English moderly, Old English mōdorlīc. See mother1, -ly
Related forms
motherliness, noun
unmotherly, adjective
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  • She shows signs of great attachment to alex, of an almost motherly kind.
  • Max acts as a motherly figure to the flock, nurturing them and looking out for them.
British Dictionary definitions for motherly

motherly

/ˈmʌðəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness
Derived Forms
motherliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for motherly
adj.

Old English modorlic "pertaining to a mother;" see mother (n.1) + -ly (1). Meaning "befitting a mother" is from mid-13c. Related: Motherliness.

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