1. [syn: fatherly, fatherlike]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fatherly \Fa"ther*ly\, a.
1. Like a father in affection and care; paternal; tender;
You have showed a tender, fatherly regard. --Shak.
2. Of or pertaining to a father.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: like or befitting a father or fatherhood; kind and
protective [syn: fatherly, fatherlike]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
28 Moby Thesaurus words for "fatherly":
affectionate, amiable, ancestorial, ancestral, benevolent, benign,
caring, fatherlike, friendly, grandfatherly, grandmotherly,
grandparental, indulgent, kind, kindly, maternal, mother,
motherlike, motherly, parent, parental, paternal, patriarchal,
protective, sympathetic, understanding, warm, well-meaning