Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Resembling or pertaining to a mother.

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Usage examples "motherly":

  1. These motherly words gave Psyche heart, and she reverently took leave of the goddess and set out for the temple of Venus. - "Good Stories For Great Holidays Arranged for Story-Telling and Reading Aloud and for the Children's Own Reading", Frances Jenkins Olcott.
  2. Polly is a nice child, helpful and motherly and extremely intelligent. - "Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman", Emma Speed Sampson.
  3. She made her harsh, commanding voice sound so sweet and motherly that the child turned a little, and clasped that large brown hand, and held it against his lips and his eyes, while he wept and sobbed, till his heavy heart grew lighter. - "Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children", Grace Greenwood.