American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, characteristic of, or befitting sisters or a sister.
- adv. As a sister.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a sister.
- adj. Pertaining to a sister or sisters.
- adv. In the manner of a sister, behaving as one would expect of a sister; as a sister, as sisters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a sister; becoming a sister, affectionate
- adj. like or characteristic of or befitting a sister
- From sister + -ly. (Wiktionary)
“But there was nothing "sisterly" about the message, which urged Sor Juana to giveup writing and devote herself entirely to religion.”
“As a subordinated sex-class, women on The Farm could have brought forth the Mighty Mouse response Stephen desired only if they had forged a more thoroughgoing feminist consciousness, the kind of sisterly, but oppositional solidarity that enabled women at Black Bear Ranch to, in the words of one male resident there, "bust the male work ethic" and negotiate a more equitable sexual division of labor.”
“However, my younger sister is 18 years younger than me and I hope that when she's slightly older we'll have the kind of sisterly relationship described above.”
“And many of us heard that as more than a mere admission — it is a kind of sisterly bonding which often takes the form when said by others of “I hate math.””
“There ought to be some kind of sisterly solidarity.”
“I think you've begun to feel a kind of sisterly affection for Peter and would like to help him, just as much as I would.”
“The arm was only for support and to prevent her from stumbling, but it looked as if it had been placed there from kindness and a kind of sisterly regard.”
“That makes her grin a little, and she pats my hand kind of sisterly like.”
“He had gone off to the school tea-drinking, escorting his sister and sister-in-law, and another lady, whose eyes brightened with most "sisterly" joy whenever she glanced at her old playfellow.”
“Ingrid seems quite close to Marina, but is that some kind of sisterly affection or is it lesbian?”
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