[muhth -er-lee] /ˈmʌð ər li/

pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a ; maternal:
motherly solicitude.
like a :
to take a motherly interest in an orphan.
in the manner of a .
of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness

Old English modorlic “pertaining to a mother;” see mother (n.1) + -ly (1). Meaning “befitting a mother” is from mid-13c. Related: Motherliness.


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