brotherly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English brotherly, from Old English brōþorlīċ, from Proto-Germanic *brōþērlīkaz, equivalent to brother +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch broederlijk (brotherly), German brüderlich (brotherly), Swedish broderlig (brotherly).

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brotherly (comparative more brotherly, superlative most brotherly)

  1. Of or characteristic of brothers.
    brotherly love

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Adverb[edit]

brotherly

  1. In the manner of a brother, as a brother, as brothers.
    • 1907, Jack London, The Iron Heel:
      "What honest man, who is not insane, would take lost women and thieves into his house to dwell with him sisterly and brotherly?"

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English brōþorlīċ, from Proto-Germanic *brōþērlīkaz; equivalent to brother +‎ -ly. The adverb was derived from the adjective in the Middle English period.

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brotherly (rare)

  1. Of or relating to brothers or siblings.
  2. Cheerful, jovial; like friends.

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  • English: brotherly

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brotherly

  1. In a brotherly way; in a way like a brother.

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