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[woo m-uh-nish] /ˈwʊm ə nɪʃ/
womanlike or feminine.
weakly feminine; effeminate.
Origin of womanish
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at woman, -ish1
Related forms
womanishly, adverb
womanishness, noun
unwomanish, adjective
Can be confused
effeminate, effete, feminine, womanish, womanly (see synonym study at womanly) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But he said to himself that he did not mean to yield to womanish whims—he, a man.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Or, womanish, do they rest in the common dormitory of a shirt de nuit?

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • You, because of many thousand kisses you have read, think me womanish.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • Generous or enthusiastic or any of the other womanish adjectives.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • If that was wearing the breeches, I am sure I disgraced them with my worse than womanish fears.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • When these tears are shed, this womanish passion will be over.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • Well, I spare his life, though he is weak of me—womanish weak.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • But Wanaha in her womanish enthusiasm had overshot her mark.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • The womanish weakness in Hutchings sprang to hurried attack.

    Gulmore, The Boss Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for womanish


having qualities or characteristics regarded as unsuitable to a strong character of either sex, esp a man
characteristic of or suitable for a woman
Derived Forms
womanishly, adverb
womanishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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