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[meyd-n-lee] /ˈmeɪd n li/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a maiden:
a maidenly blush.
Origin of maidenly
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see maiden, -ly
Related forms
maidenliness, noun
unmaidenliness, noun
unmaidenly, adjective Unabridged
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  • She had a great deal to think of as she took her maidenly and delicate repast.

    Miss Marjoribanks Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
  • The maidenly month of April makes little difference to us here.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • Nellie's maidenly meditations had still leave to wander where they listed.

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • Who looked with contempt on girls and disdained their maidenly advances!

  • Their idea of maidenly innocence was just a blank white—the sort of flat white that doesn't shine.

    Ann Veronica H. G. Wells
  • Color has not yet come into her maidenly days, nor violence of opinion into her womanly years.

    Quaker Hill Warren H. Wilson
  • With some maidenly hesitation, which soon vanished, she in turn laid before me the inner history of her life.

  • Is it wise, is it decorous, is it maidenly in you, to indulge any longer in so vain a passion?

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • Ruth laughed as the horse resumed motion in mincing, maidenly steps.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
  • Then they praise virtue and maidenly modesty, a cheerful sign for that age.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
British Dictionary definitions for maidenly


of or befitting a maiden
Derived Forms
maidenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for maidenly

mid-15c., from maiden (n.) + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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