motherly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English moderlich, from Old English mōdorlīċ (motherly, maternal), from Proto-Germanic *mōdērlīkaz (motherly, maternal), equivalent to mother +‎ -ly.

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Adjective[edit]

motherly (comparative more motherly, superlative most motherly)

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

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