fatherly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English faderly, from Old English fæderlīċ (fatherly, paternal), from Proto-Germanic *fadurlīkaz (fatherly, paternal), equivalent to father +‎ -ly. Cognate with West Frisian faderlik (fatherly), Dutch vaderlijk (fatherly), German väterlich (fatherly), Danish faderlig (fatherly), Swedish faderlig (fatherly), Icelandic föðurlegur (fatherly) . Doublet of fatherlike.

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Adjective[edit]

fatherly (comparative more fatherly, superlative most fatherly)

  1. Characteristic of what is considered the ideal behaviour pertaining to fatherhood.
    fatherly advice
  2. Characteristic of fathers, paternal.

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Adverb[edit]

fatherly (comparative more fatherly, superlative most fatherly)

  1. In a way pertaining to, befitting, or of a father.
    • 1589, The Return of Pasquill:
      Exhorting him fatherlie to giue ouer that course.
    • a. 1723, Increase Mather, “A Vindication of New-England”, in The Andros Tracts: [], New York, N.Y.: Burt Franklin, published 1869, page 27 (page 9 of chapter):
      []; tho’ God hath for a while Fatherly Chaſtiſed them by thoſe Rods which he hath afterwards conſumed.
    • 1848, James Russell Lowell, “The Changeling”, in Poems, second series, Cambridge: George Nichols; Boston: B. B. Mussey and Company, page 162:
      This child is not mine as the first was, / I cannot sing it to rest, / I cannot lift it up fatherly / And bliss it upon my breast;
    • 1850, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point”, in Poems, volume II, London: Chapman & Hall, stanza VII, page 131:
      Indeed we live beneath the sky, . . / That great smooth Hand of God, stretched out / On all His children fatherly, / To bless them from the fear and doubt, / Which would be, if, from this low place, / All opened straight up to His face / Into the grand eternity.
    • 1970, Ronny Pearlman, The Monday Man, page 39:
      He looked fatherly at me.
    • 1988, Phyllis Ann Karr, “Two Bits of Embroidery”, in Parke Godwin, editor, Invitation to Camelot: An Arthurian Anthology of Short Stories, New York, N.Y.: Ace Books, →ISBN, page 41:
      When she fell forward a little, as if she were half fainting with the pleasure, he held her, fatherly, in his arms until she recovered.

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