Definitions

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  • adj. Of, or befitting, a godfather.

Etymologies

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godfather +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Theoretically, yes; there are some examples in history of rural people exerting control over big cities— especially in cases where highland warlords or outlaw chieftains used both the threat of violence and the promise of godfatherly protection to secure tribute and professions of loyalty from the farmers and shopkeepers of lowland towns.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • Continuously, however, he had taken an intense sort of godfatherly interest in the Kinnison children, particularly in Kit and in the youngest daughter, Constance; finding in the girl a mentality surprisingly akin to his own.

    Children of the Lens

  • I'm sure he amply fulfilled his godfatherly duty by the silver milk-jug he gave me at my baptism -- which I've never set eyes on for many a long year, by the way -- and the tips he shoved into the palm of my hand whenever I paid him a visit on my way from school.

    The Village by the River

  • "Why, what a big girl we're getting!" he observed to Barbara in his best godfatherly manner.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, 1920-11-17

  • Martin Amis may have picked up some of his slack godfatherly habits from his brother's godfather, the proverbially tight-wadded Philip Larkin.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Most pertinently, for a film about and for kids, Apted is the godfatherly force behind the

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • From prime ministerial candidate L K Advani to minister R Ashok, Misra thanked many a BJP leaders for their godfatherly support to him, but forgot BJP president Rajnath Singh.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • Embrace it in a godfatherly clinch, hold it close while slipping on the legislative garrotte.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • I was pleased to see he was wearing one of the new English suits I’d taken him to buy, and with his hair less carefully messed up than usual and no sunglasses, he looked very godfatherly—in the lowercase sense of the word.

    The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

  • What's he been learning to-day? "he added, with godfatherly interest.

    Once a Week

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