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moth·er·ly

motherly

 
 
pronunciation:
muh thr li
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of or like a mother.
The teacher had a motherly interest in her students.
similar words:
maternal
derivation: motherliness (n.)
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The word motherly contains the following part:
-ly2 Old English adjective-forming suffix that means like; every (when attached to times)
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The suffix -ly2attaches primarily to native English nouns to form adjectives.