from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characteristic of or befitting a grandmother.
- adj. Having the qualities of a grandmother.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In the manner of a grandmother
- adj. Having the characteristics of a grandmother
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a grandmother in age or manner; kind; indulgent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, resembling, or characteristic of a grandmother.
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It was more intended to point out what getting called grandmotherly means when you are a politician.
Out of a political context being called grandmotherly is a good thing, inside the political context though, is another story.
In politics, being called grandmotherly is an insult, being called angry and resentful is a compliment.
Except that this woman wasn't near being what any man in his right mind would call grandmotherly, her actual age notwithstanding.
JESSICA: Isabelle sidled over to this very nice, kind of grandmotherly-looking lady and said, you know, hi, I'm Isabelle.
"Occasional treats are fine, but 80 per cent of the diet should be 'grandmotherly'," she says.
Except that this woman wasn’t near being what any man in his right mind would call grandmotherly, her actual age notwithstanding.
The study cites the reason as increasing genetic relations with those they live, in each case, creating a 'grandmotherly' role, where the older ones share parenting knowledge.
The announcement of Bea Arthur's death today made me think about actresses that we think of as kind of grandmotherly types.
Behind the officers sits the Altar Guild—a group of grandmotherly women in matching red outfits—next to whom stands one half-empty pew, roped off as “Reserved” seating for former mayor Kurt Schmoke, current mayor Sheila Dixon, city comptroller Joan Pratt, and other community power brokers who call Bethel their home church.