- being typical or suggestive of a man rather than a woman: mannish clothing styles for women; a mannish voice.
- resembling a man, as in size or manner: a mannish youth.
Origin of mannish
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Examples from the Web for mannish
The designer showed a collection filled with mannish silhouettes, pinstripe suiting, and plaids.Stella McCartney's Family Affair
March 4, 2013
Yet she had none of the mannish mannerisms that so often accompany an "athletic" girl.Tutors' Lane
The girls out there usually got rough and mannish after they went to herding.My Antonia
I was afraid I should find them mannish and rough, or sentimental and conceited.An Old-fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott
"Now, don't forget about that," said one of the mannish women.Sister Carrie
Allie was a masculine creature, who affected a mannish cut of clothes.Painted Veils
- (of a woman) having or displaying qualities regarded as typical of a man
- of or resembling a man
Word Origin and History for mannish
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."