Motherly



[muhth -er-lee] /ˈmʌð ər li/

adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a ; maternal:
motherly solicitude.
2.
like a :
to take a motherly interest in an orphan.
adverb
3.
in the manner of a .
/ˈmʌðəlɪ/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a mother, esp in warmth, or protectiveness
adj.

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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