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ladylike

[ley-dee-lahyk]
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adjective
  1. like a lady.
  2. befitting a lady: in a ladylike manner.

Origin of ladylike

First recorded in 1580–90; lady + -like
Related formsla·dy·like·ness, nounun·la·dy·like, adjective

Synonyms

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1, 2. well-bred, well-mannered, courteous.
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Examples from the Web for ladylike

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  • Her slight figure might not be beautiful, but beyond doubt its lines were ladylike.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • In it dwelt a gentlemanly elderly man with two ladylike daughters.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Course, you wouldn't expect him to have any gentle, ladylike voice, and he don't.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • When the people were gentlemanly and ladylike, they became great bores.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover

    Maurice Francis Egan

  • "I ain't as ladylike as you," said Henderson, in his tender way.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow


British Dictionary definitions for ladylike

ladylike

adjective
  1. like or befitting a lady in manners and bearing; refined and fastidious
  2. derogatory (of a man) effeminate
Derived Formsladylikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ladylike

adj.

also lady-like, 1580s; see lady + like. Middle English had ladily "queenly, exalted" (late 14c.).

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