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[ohld-woo m-uh-nish] /ˈoʊldˈwʊm ə nɪʃ/
Sometimes Offensive. having characteristics considered typical of an old woman, as excessive fussiness or timidity.
Origin of old-womanish
First recorded in 1765-75
Related forms
old-womanishness, noun
Usage note
This term is sometimes perceived as insulting because it reinforces stereotypes. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There are tears in her voice—simple, old-womanish, grandmotherly tears.

  • Surely my old-womanish babbling has not upset you like this!

    By Birth a Lady George Manville Fenn
  • He makes no old-womanish outcry of alarm and expresses no exaggerated wrath.

    Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle Clement K. Shorter
  • Poor little darling, the girls made fun of it because it was so ugly and old-womanish.

    Little Maid Marian Amy E. Blanchard

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