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From teacher +‎ -ly.


teacherly (comparative more teacherly, superlative most teacherly)

  1. of or relating to teachers
  2. suggestive of a teacher
    • 1988 November 18, Albert Williams, “Don't Call Me Cleo”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Instead of establishing rapport, Dreiske distances us with her implicit condescension; her cool, measured, teacherly tone doesn't help matters, either.
    • 1997 April 4, Jack Helbig, “The Fever”, in Chicago Reader[2]:
      While others take pains to reproduce Shawn's high, nervous stutter or his intense, anxious way of speaking, Shapiro--who looks nothing like Shawn--delivers this 90-minute piece in an easygoing, teacherly style that's the very antithesis of a New Yorker's hectic ways.
    • 2004 May 14, Monica Kendrick, “Spot Check”, in Chicago Reader[3]:
      Many of the lyrics were borrowed more or less intact from a 1986 grade-school textbook on Illinois history, and Greenfield delivers them in an earnest, teacherly tone enlivened by the occasional quippy aside or funny forced rhyme ("moratorium" / "Santorum").