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[ley-dee-lahyk] /ˈleɪ diˌlaɪk/
like a lady.
befitting a lady:
in a ladylike manner.
Origin of ladylike
First recorded in 1580-90; lady + -like
Related forms
ladylikeness, noun
unladylike, adjective
1, 2. well-bred, well-mannered, courteous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unladylike
Historical Examples
  • With which unladylike remark she dismissed him from her mind as a possible ally.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Mrs. Erveng won't let me play with Hilliard, I'm sure she won't, 'that's so unladylike!'

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • In the very height of their emotion they knew it to be unmanly or unladylike.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • But he did not know that she indulged in that unladylike trick only after dark.

    The Tale of Betsy Butterfly Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Ladies should not use unfair or unladylike means to sell their wares.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • And you know, Mark, it was so unladylike, her getting up in that way.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • I exclaimed, shocked at this strange and unladylike upheaval.

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • Her aunt glared at her angrily, and emitted a most unladylike snort of contempt.

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • She wont be quite so daring and so unladylike if Nancy is by.

  • They said it was 'unladylike' and a lot more things, for me to write to him at all.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for unladylike


like or befitting a lady in manners and bearing; refined and fastidious
(derogatory) (of a man) effeminate
Derived Forms
ladylikeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unladylike



also lady-like, 1580s; see lady + like. Middle English had ladily "queenly, exalted" (late 14c.).

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