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ladylike

[ley-dee-lahyk] /ˈleɪ diˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
like a lady.
2.
befitting a lady:
in a ladylike manner.
Origin of ladylike
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; lady + -like
Related forms
ladylikeness, noun
unladylike, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. well-bred, well-mannered, courteous.
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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

/ˈleɪdɪˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
like or befitting a lady in manners and bearing; refined and fastidious
2.
(derogatory) (of a man) effeminate
Derived Forms
ladylikeness, 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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