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[gur-lish] /ˈgɜr lɪʃ/
of, like, or befitting a girl or girlhood:
girlish laughter.
Origin of girlish
First recorded in 1555-65; girl + -ish1
Related forms
girlishly, adverb
girlishness, noun
ungirlish, adjective
ungirlishly, adverb
ungirlishness, noun Unabridged
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  • The fairy godmother romance of it fascinated her girlish mind.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • How often, in her girlish reveries, had she thought of that incident, that stranger!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But with girlish wilfulness she had clung to it the more positively.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • This morning indeed he found her all girlish gentleness and appeal.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Clara was even more beautiful than her girlish loveliness had promised.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • "I remember it," she answered, a girlish blush rising to her face.

  • Over his eyes in a girlish caprice, and crying, “Who is it?”

    Poems William D. Howells
British Dictionary definitions for girlish


of or like a girl in looks, behaviour, innocence, etc
Derived Forms
girlishly, adverb
girlishness, noun
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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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