brotherly


brotherly
broth|er|ly [ `brʌðərli ] adjective
typical of the good feelings that a man or boy has for his brothers and sisters:
Rachel, stop! cried John, with brotherly anxiety.
brotherly love/advice
a. typical of the feelings that a man or boy has for his male friends:
He felt a real brotherly affection for his co-workers.
b. if a man's behavior toward a woman is brotherly, he likes her a lot but he does not love her in a romantic way:
He gave her a brotherly kiss on the cheek.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Brotherly — Broth er*ly, a. Of or pertaining to brothers; such as is natural for brothers; becoming to brothers; kind; affectionate; as, brotherly love. [1913 Webster] Syn: Fraternal; kind; affectionate; tender. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brotherly — Broth er*ly, adv. Like a brother; affectionately; kindly. I speak but brotherly of him. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brotherly — index close (intimate), humane, intimate, philanthropic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brotherly — (adj.) O.E. broðorlic; see BROTHER (Cf. brother) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • brotherly — [bruth′ərlē] adj. 1. of a brother or brothers 2. having traits considered typical of brothers; friendly, kind, helpful, etc. adv. Archaic as a brother brotherliness n …   English World dictionary

  • brotherly — UK [ˈbrʌðə(r)lɪ] / US [ˈbrʌðərlɪ] adjective typical of the good feelings that a man or boy has for his brothers and sisters Rachel, stop! cried John, with brotherly anxiety. brotherly love/advice a) typical of the feelings that a man or boy has… …   English dictionary

  • brotherly — [[t]brʌ̱ðə(r)li[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A man s brotherly feelings are feelings of love and loyalty which you expect a brother to show. ...family loyalty and brotherly love... He gave her a brief, brotherly kiss …   English dictionary

  • brotherly — adjective Date: before 12th century 1. of or relating to brothers 2. natural or becoming to brothers ; affectionate < brotherly love > • brotherliness noun • brotherly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brotherly — 1. adjective /ˈbɹʌð.ə.li,ˈbɹʌð.ɚ.li/ Of or characteristic of brothers. brotherly love See Also: brother, brotherhood 2. adverb /ˈbɹʌð.ə.li,ˈbɹʌð.ɚ.li/ In the manner of a brother, as a brother, as brothers …   Wiktionary

  • brotherly — broth|er|ly [ˈbrʌðəli US ər ] adj showing feelings of kindness, loyalty etc that you would expect a brother to show →↑sisterly ▪ brotherly love ▪ brotherly advice …   Dictionary of contemporary English