Definition of motherly in English:

motherly

adjective

  • Of, resembling, or characteristic of a mother, especially in being caring, protective, and kind:

    ‘she held both her arms wide in a gesture of motherly love’
    • ‘There are the same anxieties, the same pains and disappointments but those motherly instincts are still there.’
    • ‘Kidnappers just do not put up with disapproving glances and motherly clucks.’
    • ‘I probably got a motherly smack on the back of the legs for the escapade.’
    • ‘Anna placed a comforting, motherly hand on her shoulder, making her look up.’
    • ‘She smiled understandingly, tucking some hair behind my ear in an almost motherly sort of way.’
    • ‘She also plays a motherly role to her nieces and nephews, since she considers them her own.’
    • ‘Jane, oddly, was showing her motherly instincts as she rubbed each of their backs with her hand.’
    • ‘Her own daughters would undoubtedly have laughed at how motherly she sounded.’
    • ‘Beth is distant and cold to Conrad, unable to show him the type of motherly love he needs and desires.’
    • ‘Many women are torn between their nationalism and motherly instincts.’
    • ‘The woman, from whom he got his blue eyes and brown hair, immediately took him into a tight motherly hug.’
    • ‘The older woman waved even as she welcomed her son home with a motherly hug.’
    • ‘Her appearance was motherly, and she had an aura about her that just seemed to welcome Katherine in.’
    • ‘Katrina and Shannon were giggling like little children while Judith acted with motherly affection.’
    • ‘A short, plump and positively motherly lady appeared in the doorway, ushering us in.’
    • ‘She was highly protective of him, in an almost motherly way, although she was only three years older than him.’
    • ‘She was a lovely, motherly old lady with a mane of white hair wound into a compact bun.’
    • ‘Mia muttered something to her, and then she looked at me, her green eyes looking at me in a motherly sort of way.’
    • ‘And her motherly demeanor makes it easier for other staff members to seek her advice.’
    • ‘She smiled and placed her hand on his cheek in a motherly sort of gesture, thanking him again for the Merlot.’
    • ‘His is a tale of jealousy, envy and treachery, but also of motherly love, shrewdness and adventure.’
    maternal, maternalistic, protective, caring, nurturing, loving, devoted, affectionate, fond, warm, tender, gentle, kind, kindly, comforting, understanding, compassionate
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Origin

Old English mōdorlic (see mother, -ly).

Pronunciation:

motherly

/ˈmʌðəli/