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moth·er·ly

 (mŭth′ər-lē)
adj.
1. Of, like, or appropriate to a mother: motherly love.
2. Showing the affection of a mother.
adv.
In a manner befitting a mother.

moth′er·li·ness n.

motherly

(ˈmʌðəlɪ)
adj
of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness
ˈmotherliness n

moth•er•ly

(ˈmʌð ər li)

adj.
1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a mother.
2. like a mother.
adv.
3. in the manner of a mother.
[before 1000; Middle English moderly, Old English mōdorlīc]
moth′er•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.motherly - befitting a mother; warm and nurturing
maternal - characteristic of a mother; "warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
Adv.1.motherly - in a maternal mannermotherly - in a maternal manner; as a mother; "she loved her students almost maternally"

motherly

Translations
أُمومي، اُمَّهي
mateřský
moderlig
móîurlegur
anne gibi

motherly

[ˈmʌðəlɪ] ADJmaternal

motherly

[ˈmʌðərli] adj
[instinct, love, advice] → maternel(le)
[figure] → rond(e)
[woman] → maternel(le)Mother Nature nDame Nature fMother of God nMarie, mère f de Dieumother-of-pearl [ˌmʌðərəvˈpɜːrl] nnacre fMother's Day nla fête f des Mèresmother's help naide f or auxiliaire f familialeMother Superior nMère f supérieuremother-to-be [ˈmʌðərtəˈbiː] n [mothers-to-be] (pl) → future maman fmother tongue nlangue f maternelle

motherly

adjmütterlich

motherly

[ˈmʌðəlɪ] adjmaterno/a

mother

(ˈmaðə) noun
1. a female parent, especially human. John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.
2. (often with capital. also Mother Superior) the female leader of a group of nuns.
verb
to care for as a mother does; to protect (sometimes too much). His wife tries to mother him.
ˈmotherhood noun
the state of being a mother.
ˈmotherless adjective
having no mother. The children were left motherless by the accident.
ˈmotherly adjective
like a mother; of, or suitable to, a mother. a motherly woman; motherly love.
ˈmotherliness noun
ˈmother-country, ˈmotherland (-land) nouns
the country where one was born.
ˈmother-in-lawplural ˈmothers-in-law noun
the mother of one's husband or wife.
ˌmother-of-ˈpearl noun, adjective
(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.
ˈmother-tongue noun
a person's native language. My mother-tongue is Hindi.
References in classic literature ?
Glad to find you so merry, my girls," said a cheery voice at the door, and actors and audience turned to welcome a tall, motherly lady with a `can I help you' look about her which was truly delightful.
With motherly solicitude, he insisted that Tom get to his feet and walk about.
Thence he went to the side of the motherly animal, and spending a minute in a fruitless inquiry into the character of her rider, he shook his head and returned to Heyward.
A half motherly sympathy, albeit born quite as much from a contemplation of his beautiful yearning eyes as from his interesting position, lightened the smile with which she greeted him.
But it is true that my small abilities were precisely what they needed; and I have a real interest in their welfare,--an odd kind of motherly sentiment,--which I wish you would not laugh at
When the young woman -- the mother of this child -- stood fully revealed before the crowd, it seemed to be her first impulse to clasp the infant closely to her bosom; not so much by an impulse of motherly affection, as that she might thereby conceal a certain token, which was wrought or fastened into her dress.
And then there were apple pies, and peach pies, and pumpkin pies; besides slices of ham and smoked beef; and moreover delectable dishes of preserved plums, and peaches, and pears, and quinces; not to mention broiled shad and roasted chickens; together with bowls of milk and cream, all mingled higgledy- pigglely, pretty much as I have enumerated them, with the motherly teapot sending up its clouds of vapor from the midst-- Heaven bless the mark
I burst, as I had, the other time, made her burst, into tears; she took me to her motherly breast, and my lamentation overflowed.
Well, now, that's onlucky," said the woman, whose motherly sympathies were much aroused; I'm re'lly consarned for ye.
Every projecting grassy cape had its joyous group of naked children, the boys to themselves and the girls to themselves, the latter usually in care of some motherly dame who sat in the shade of a tree with her knitting.
As she progressed with her practice, she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to her speech and manner toward the usurper, and how similarly handy she was becoming in transferring her motherly curtness of speech and peremptoriness of manner to the unlucky heir of the ancient house of Driscoll.
She was a plain, motherly kind of woman, who had worked hard in her youth, and now thought herself entitled to the occasional holiday of a teavisit; and having formerly owed much to Mr.