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[ohld-mey-dish] /ˈoʊldˈmeɪ dɪʃ/
characteristic of or resembling an old maid.
Origin of old-maidish
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Laughing at her old-maidish precautions, they let her have her way.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • This old-maidish attorney was meek and wise, but by no means timid.

    Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • People had laughed at him for being so old-maidish, as they put it.

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • Indeed, she was as prim and old-maidish as any spinster lady possibly could be.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • It has been in no busy, old-maidish, envious spirit that I have watched these affairs.

    Friends I Have Made George Manville Fenn
  • I'm not old-maidish, my dear, though I've escaped holy matrimony.

    The Black Cat John Todhunter
  • Mr. Reed, you certainly are the most old-maidish man I ever saw in my life.

  • He's an old-maidish sort of fellow, and is easily frightened.

    The Colossus Opie Read
  • A gentle, old-maidish person and a sweet young girl of seventeen sat right in front of us that night at the Mannheim opera.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Miss Holmes was very nice and sensible, but there were some old-maidish traits.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

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