Definition of big-brotherly in English:

big-brotherly

adjective

  • 1Characteristic or reminiscent of an elder brother.

  • 2Frequently with capital initials. Of or relating to the monitoring of or control over peoples' lives by political and administrative authorities, especially the State.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Wright. From big brother + -ly, after brotherly.

Pronunciation

big-brotherly

/ˌbɪɡˈbrʌðəli/