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[gur-lish] /ˈgɜr lɪʃ/
of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood:
girlish laughter.
Origin of girlish
1555-65; girl + -ish1
Related forms
girlishly, adverb
girlishness, noun
ungirlish, adjective
ungirlishly, adverb
ungirlishness, noun Unabridged
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  • Amongst other specimens of girlish spite, the French fair-ones have divided the English damsels into two genera.

  • He said that the teeth should be cleaned, but that it was girlish to whiten them with powder.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Her face caught its most girlish expression—the large eyes grew luminous—the smile about her mouth was playful and sweet.

    Sybil Chase Ann S. Stephens
  • I'm in fairyland alone with the old sweetheart of my girlish dreams!

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • For one moment I stand and gaze into a pure, girlish face, with a pallid brow and far-away blue eyes.

  • A hundred such simple, girlish wonders crowded into her mind.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Philip Hardin rises to his feet, ghastly pale, as Joseph Woods quietly leads up to the platform a slight, girlish form.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for girlish


of or like a girl in looks, behaviour, innocence, etc
Derived Forms
girlishly, adverb
girlishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for girlish

1560s, from girl + -ish. Related: Girlishly; girlishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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