The designer showed a collection filled with mannish silhouettes, pinstripe suiting, and plaids.
One stepped out of childish conventions into mannish conventions, and did so, certainly, without any instruction from outside.
Yet she had none of the mannish mannerisms that so often accompany an "athletic" girl.
The girls out there usually got rough and mannish after they went to herding.
"Now, don't forget about that," said one of the mannish women.
Her friends bowed to her from their carriages, thinking her most beautiful in her mannish costume.
Allie was a masculine creature, who affected a mannish cut of clothes.
One of them wore a mannish shirtwaist, with a high collar and scarf.
She was mannish in her attire and quite soldierly in her bearing.
But she was well-groomed and nicely dressed in her mannish silk shirt and gray tailored skirt.
Old English mennisc "human, human-like, natural," from Proto-Germanic *manniska- (cf. Old Saxon mannisc, Old High German mennisc, Gothic mannisks), from *manna- (see man (n.)). In some cases a new formation from man (n.) + -ish.
Sense of "masculine" is from late 14c.; in reference to women seen as masculine, from late 14c. Of adult males (opposed to childish) from 1520s. Related: Mannishly; mannishness. The proto-Germanic adjective became, in some languages, a noun meaning "human" (cf. German Mensch), and in Old English mannish also was used as a noun "mankind, folk, race, people."