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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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  • Travelling the ways of the world and plucking roadside fruits, for he is no home-bred and womanish stripling.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
  • If that was wearing the breeches, I am sure I disgraced them with my worse than womanish fears.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • Nobody cared for him specially, although the soft-voiced man with the small, womanish hands spoke to him often, and always kindly.

    The Arena Various
  • Well, I spare his life, though he is weak of me—womanish weak.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • But above all his tenderness, his womanish consideration and sweetness amazed her.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But Wanaha in her womanish enthusiasm had overshot her mark.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Generous or enthusiastic or any of the other womanish adjectives.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • You, because of many thousand kisses you have read, think me womanish.

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus Caius Valerius Catullus
  • Maskull was unaware of any rise in temperature, but he felt his heart melting to womanish softness.

    A Voyage to Arcturus David Lindsay
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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