MOTHERLY: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for MOTHERLY?

Need another word that means the same as “motherly”? Find 17 synonyms for “motherly” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Motherly” are: maternal, maternalistic, protective, caring, loving, devoted, affectionate, fond, warm, tender, gentle, kind, kindly, comforting, understanding, compassionate, maternally

Motherly as an Adjective

Definitions of "Motherly" as an adjective

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “motherly” as an adjective can have the following definitions:

  • Of, resembling, or characteristic of a mother, especially in being caring, protective, and kind.
  • Befitting a mother; warm and nurturing.

Synonyms of "Motherly" as an adjective (16 Words)

affectionateHaving or displaying warmth or affection.
His affectionate nature.
caringDisplaying kindness and concern for others.
Caring friends.
comfortingServing to improve a person’s mood or restore a sense of physical well-being.
A comforting bowl of soup.
compassionateShowing or having compassion.
She tried to sound compassionate.
devoted(followed by `to’) dedicated exclusively to a purpose or use.
A devoted husband and father.
fondHaving an affection or liking for.
He was not too fond of dancing.
gentleMarked by moderate steepness.
Gentle rain.
kindAgreeable, conducive to comfort.
Thanked her for her kind letter.
kindlyShowing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity.
He was a quiet kindly man.
lovingEnjoying the specified activity or thing.
Her music loving son.
maternal(of feelings) typical of a caring mother; motherly.
Maternal care.
maternalisticRelating to or derived from one’s mother.
protectiveIntended to protect someone or something.
Protective gloves are worn to minimize injury.
tenderInclined to heel over easily under sail.
Pelargoniums are colourful but tender plants.
understandingCharacterized by understanding based on comprehension and discernment and empathy.
People expect their doctor to be understanding.
warmPsychologically warm friendly and responsive.
Her fair colouring suited soft warm shades.

Usage Examples of "Motherly" as an adjective

  • She held both her arms wide in a gesture of motherly love.

Motherly as an Adverb

Definitions of "Motherly" as an adverb

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “motherly” as an adverb can have the following definitions:

  • In a maternal manner; as a mother.

Synonyms of "Motherly" as an adverb (1 Word)

maternallyIn a maternal manner; as a mother.
She loved her students almost maternally.

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