Words I Love 66 – Paternal

New word – 

Paternal chimp




adjective: paternal
  1. 1.
    of or appropriate to a father.
    “he reasserted his paternal authority”
    synonyms: on one’s father’s side, patrilineal,patrimonial

    “his paternal grandfather”
    antonyms: maternal
    • showing a kindness and care associated with a father; fatherly.
      “my elders in the newsroom kept a paternal eye on me”
      synonyms: fatherly, fatherlike, patriarchal; More

  2. 2.
    related through the father.
    “his father and paternal grandfather were porcelain painters”


late Middle English: from late Latin paternalis, from Latin paternus ‘fatherly, belonging to a father’, from pater ‘father’.

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