motherly

[ muhth-er-lee ]SEE DEFINITION OF motherly
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The landlady looked at him in a motherly way and shook her head.

But Alice was supposed to be a widow; and Alice was so meek, so docile, so motherly.

She looked at Good Indian afterward, studying his face with motherly solicitude.

I came down and threw myself, repentant and wretched, into her motherly arms.

"Sweetheart, you mustn't fret," she soothed, in motherly fashion.

She removed his clothes too, bullying him in a motherly way.

Madame Raquin had formed quite a motherly affection for him.

Moreover, she communicated her tidings with all sorts of motherly precautions.

Lulla's beloved nurse is a motherly woman, older than most of our workers.

She looked so sweet and motherly that I let her do so, and as we walked along we talked.

WORD ORIGIN

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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