Try Our Apps


Famous Last Words


[meyd-n-lee] /ˈmeɪd n li/
pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a maiden:
a maidenly blush.
Origin of maidenly
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at maiden, -ly
Related forms
maidenliness, noun
unmaidenliness, noun
unmaidenly, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for maidenly
Historical Examples
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for maidenly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for maidenly

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for maidenly

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for maidenly