Definition of grandfatherly in US English:



  • See grandfather

    • ‘You just have to treat other people in a grandmotherly or grandfatherly fashion.’
    • ‘He has such a genial, grandfatherly manner that criminals seem genuinely relieved to be able to confess to him.’
    • ‘Despite the grandfatherly attire, there is no doubt that I am in the presence of a master.’
    • ‘And with his big glasses, it was a grandfatherly image that would beckon any young ‘un to come closer and enjoy.’
    • ‘I like many things about this book, but not the picture of Mr Foot, looking very old, haggard and grandfatherly, on the dust jacket.’