What does motherly mean?

Definitions for motherly
ˈmʌð ər limoth·er·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. motherlyadverb

    befitting a mother; warm and nurturing

  2. maternally, motherlyadverb

    in a maternal manner; as a mother

    "she loved her students almost maternally"


  1. motherlyadjective

    Befitting a mother, warm, caring, nurturing, protective, loving.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Motherlyadjective

    Belonging to a mother; suitable to a mother.

    Etymology: from mother and like.

    They can owe no less than child-like obedience to her that hath more than motherly power. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    They termed her the great mother, for her motherly care in cherishing her brethren whilst young. Walter Raleigh.

    Within her breast though calm, her breast though pure,
    Motherly cares and fears got head, and rais’d
    Some troubled thoughts. John Milton, Par. Reg. b. ii.

    When I see the motherly airs of my little daughters when playing with their puppets, I cannot but flatter myself that their husbands and children will be happy in the possession of such wives and mothers. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 500.

    Though she was a truly good woman, and had a sincere motherly love for her son John, yet there wanted not those who endeavoured to create a misunderstanding between them. Arb.

  2. Motherlyadverb

    In manner of mother.

    Etymology: from mother.

    Th’ air doth not motherly sit on the earth,
    To hatch her seasons, and give all things birth John Donne.


  1. motherly

    Motherly refers to qualities, characteristics, or behaviors that are typically associated with a mother. This can involve qualities such as caring, nurturing, protective, loving, patient, kind, supportive, and understanding. It implies showing warmth and affection, being responsible, and providing emotional, physical, and mental care or guidance. Such characteristics or behavior can be exhibited not only by biological mothers but also by anyone, regardless of gender or relationship, who demonstrates qualities traditionally associated with motherhood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Motherlyadjective

    of or pertaining to a mother; like, or suitable for, a mother; tender; maternal; as, motherly authority, love, or care

  2. Motherlyadverb

    in a manner of a mother

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of motherly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of motherly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of motherly in a Sentence

  1. Adam Scott:

    The dad's role is really blurring with the mom's role, you see hipster dads and it's almost like it's a masculine thing to do to take on what used to be thought of as motherly duties.

  2. Petula Ho:

    Carrie Lam used Carrie Lam image to justify certain actions and present Carrie Lam as a good mother, as if by virtue of being a mother that [ a positive ] implication is there, but then of course people really don't think she's motherly at all, she is somebody who we think is against ethics of care.

  3. Ghislaine Maxwell:

    Jenna, maxwell suggested that Virginia meet [Epstein] to apply for the job. Virginia was skeptical, pointing out that she didn’t have the proper training. But Maxwell assured her that she could learn on the job, noting that it looked as if Virginia was serious about her vocation—based on all the sticky notes she could see poking out of the anatomy book in her hands. She gave Virginia her address and phone number. ‘Why don’t you come by after work?’ Maxwell left, with a cheery, almost motherly goodbye.

  4. Stephanie Lontz:

    The screams made me think of my own child, i would only hope someone would jump in and help her if she was in a similar situation. I wouldn’t even think it’s motherly — it’s just the human thing to do.

  5. Yasmin Aga Khan:

    New York City was something natural, she was so sweet and loving. My motherly instincts just took over. It was a natural thing for me to help her and go through this with her.

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