Etymology
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fatherly (adj.)

Old English fæderlic "fatherly, paternal; ancestral;" see father (n.) + -ly (1). Similar formation in Dutch vaderlijk, German väterlich. Related: Fatherliness.

updated on October 21, 2014

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Definitions of fatherly from WordNet

fatherly (adj.)
like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and protective;
Synonyms: fatherlike
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