Antonyms
Etymology

1. motherly

adverb. ['ˈmʌðɝli'] in a maternal manner; as a mother.

Antonyms

  • filial

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • mother (English)
  • moder (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Motherly

  • brotherly
  • southerly

Example sentences of the word motherly


1. Adjective
For most people, that motherly advice about wearing clean underwear is embedded in their psyches.

2. Adverb
While this indicates a maternal instinct, uncommon in the insect world, motherly love goes only so far.

2. motherly

adjective. ['ˈmʌðɝli'] befitting a mother; warm and nurturing.

Antonyms

  • patriarchal

Etymology

  • -ly (English)
  • -lice (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • mother (English)
  • moder (Middle English (1100-1500))
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