- coyly playful.
- like or in the manner of a kitten.
Origin of kittenish
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Examples from the Web for kittenish
Friends speak of a steely and determined operator beneath the kittenish veneer.Pippa Middleton, the Royal Wedding's Other Star
April 29, 2011
Still, the way Zemeckis talks about Staar is in a coy, kittenish way that does not entirely suggest unparallel lives.A Hollywood Wife's Sexy Alter-Ego
April 20, 2010
She was fully forty-five, but she was kittenish for her age.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
She was pretty and kittenish, with fluffy hair and an eternal smile.The Opal Serpent
Miss Peggy was losing her kittenish grace, was becoming lumpy.Tommy and Co.
Jerome K. Jerome
A kittenish grace in these things, which is pleasant in so old a cat.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)
And Anna, she flashes them high-powered eyes of hers at me kittenish.The House of Torchy
- like a kitten; lively
- (of a woman) flirtatious, esp coyly flirtatious
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Word Origin and History for kittenish
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