Definition of fatherly in English:

fatherly

adjective

  • Of, resembling, or characteristic of a father, especially in being protective and affectionate.

    ‘he gave me such a kind and fatherly look’
    • ‘This is commendable because the children will continue to have fatherly care, protection and support.’
    • ‘Then he broke into hearty laughter, and strangely, patted my shoulder in an almost fatherly manner.’
    • ‘Kenny has an incredibly smooth, ultra-relaxed phone voice that evokes an image of a strong, fatherly type.’
    • ‘He's being fatherly and affectionate, and I can tell she's soaking it up, so I won't join them.’
    • ‘It was then that I noticed he was peacefully asleep, leaving me to savour a moment of high quality fatherly tenderness.’
    • ‘Paul was taken aback by the fatherly protective instincts that seemed to well up from deep inside him.’
    • ‘We thank him for having been a wonderful fatherly figure to us.’
    • ‘He took on a fatherly role and I started to call him dad.’
    • ‘Is there one piece of fatherly advice that sums him up?’
    • ‘He's a fatherly, compassionate figure here, much concerned for the well-being of the tenants on his Sandringham estate.’
    • ‘I was getting the fatherly stuff I now realise I wasn't getting at home.’
    • ‘His embrace was warm and fatherly, something Ashley had missed growing up.’
    • ‘He is down-to-earth, friendly, fatherly and a seemingly great representative for the conscious movement.’
    • ‘At the time, I think I dismissed his comment as silly fatherly sentiment.’
    • ‘God's kingdom is one of fatherly and motherly compassion, not dominating majesty or slavish subjection.’
    • ‘His sweaty hand grabs my shoulder in a fatherly gesture as he comes to sit down on the bar stool beside me.’
    • ‘My dad never really felt the need to have the fatherly sit-down with me, and while my mom is very hip, she's a puppeteer.’
    • ‘And as he saw her making more of an effort each day, his esteem for her grew with an almost fatherly affection.’
    • ‘Right now, everyone could use a little fatherly advice.’
    • ‘Only the presence of the Huntsman provides any sort of male-oriented fatherly compassion.’
    paternal, fatherlike, avuncular
    protective, supportive, encouraging, vigilant
    kindly, kind, warm, affectionate, tender, caring, compassionate, benevolent, sympathetic, understanding, indulgent
    patriarchal
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Pronunciation:

fatherly

/ˈfäT͟Hərlē/