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fatherly

Someone who's fatherly is nurturing, protective, and gentle, the way a good father is with his child. You might be particularly fond of your older, fatherly next door neighbor.

Fatherly people have several things in common: they're kind, supportive, often older than you are, and almost always male (the female equivalent is motherly). A favorite teacher might be fatherly, or an uncle. The Old English root of fatherly is fæderlic, with similar words formed the same way in Dutch and German.

Definitions of fatherly
  1. adjective
    like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and protective
    synonyms: fatherlike
    paternal
    characteristic of a father
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