Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of, or suitable to, a cousin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like or becoming a cousin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like or becoming to a cousin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. like or befitting a cousin

Etymologies

cousin +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He now no longer thought his cousin without them, but he thought she knew how to control them; in fact, they had grown to love each other with that certain kind of cousinly affection which one often sees, and which is very true and lifelong, but has not the rapture, the intensity, nor the anguish, which belong to really falling in love.

    Peak's Island A Romance of Buccaneer Days

  • A cousinly interrogation peppered with snide innuendo.

    Earl of Durkness

  • I only pray that my fragile and beloved son—the cousinly playmate of your youth—may now know the peace he could never find here on earth.

    "The Game Is Rigged" (A 2nd Letter From Uncle Bernie)

  • It was the turn of the moderate voices for a while, and not urging brotherly or cousinly forgiveness and love, but laying down bluntly the brutal facts; for if this stalemate, wrangling and waste continued, said Robert Bossu with cold, clear emphasis, there would eventually be nothing worth annexing or retaining, only a desolation where the victor, if the survivor so considered himself, might sit down in the ashes and moulder.

    A River So Long

  • West African guitar phenom Lionel Loueke sits in on a few tracks and adds a funky, polyrhythmic feel to "A New World," proving that Blanchard can stretch into cousinly genres without sounding like he's speaking down to his audience.

    Terence Blanchard: Free Will And 'Choices'

  • This is one of my worst golfing habits, and it drives my golf partner, Joe, into fits of cousinly fury that he does a good job of disguising as mild annoyance.

    The Italian Summer

  • Starr was a stranger in the strange land of Arkansas, operating in a cousinly place where everyone knew everyone else's business and where politicians were used to dealing with -- and attacking -- elected prosecutors.

    Race To The Bottom

  • In the state capitol he was greeted with cousinly backslaps and gifts of Cajun sauces.

    'Grenades Will Land'

  • He hails from one of the last states, in the South or anywhere else, where politics is practiced person to person in what writer Dudley Clendinen once called the "cousinly style."

    People's Politics

  • The cousinly Arkansas touch pops up in Clinton's world in unexpected places.

    THE INNER CIRCLE

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