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