Definitions

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  • adj. Consisting of, containing, or resembling mother (in vinegar).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, containing, or resembling, mother (in vinegar).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing or of the consistence of mother (see mother); resembling or partaking of the nature of mother: as, the mothery substance in liquors.

Etymologies

mother +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Tell her, then, tell her all you wish, you dear old fluttery, mothery poet father — as though it made any difference.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • There's a Peter Beagle and a Jeffrey Ford and a Hiromo Goto and a shweta_narayan (which I'm feeling very god-mothery and proud about, since it was one of her Clarion stories and I told her to submit it, and it's one of the coolest animal/husband stories evar) and a Gregory Frost and and lovely, classical, poetic Ellen Kushner -- oh, here's the whole TOC:

    Beastly Bride!!!!

  • Borri pretends — is it not enough to make the clearest liquid in the world both seculent and mothery?

    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

  • Miss Effie Allendyce took her under her wing in a fluttery, mothery sort of a way with a great many "my dear's."

    Red-Robin

  • The phrase, "mothery like" was almost too much for the girl who had never had a mother to remember and wanted one now as she never had wanted one in her life.

    Wild Wings A Romance of Youth

  • And such a pretty creature – mild, milky, mothery in the best sense; the best sense being that she wasn't his mother and couldn't have been if she had tried, for parents were the only things impossible to have younger than oneself.

    The Enchanted April

  • And such a pretty creature -- mild, milky, mothery in the best sense; the best sense being that she wasn't his mother and couldn't have been if she had tried, for parents were the only things impossible to have younger than oneself.

    The Enchanted April

  • And in them she put a little note that made me cry and cry and cry, it was so dear and mothery.

    Mary Cary "Frequently Martha"

  • With Rosamund on one side and Agnes on the other, I can be good, mothery.

    A Modern Tomboy A Story for Girls

  • "We might have the governess-cart, mightn't we, mothery?" said Irene, turning her eyes away from Miss Frost, and gazing at her mother with great anxiety and interest.

    A Modern Tomboy A Story for Girls

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  • "Containing or of the consistence of mother (see mother); resembling or partaking of the nature of mother: as, the mothery substance in liquors."

    --Century Dictionary

    November 30, 2010